ALLGEMEINES BÜRGERLICHES GESETZBUCH – ABGB (1811)
The ABGB was one of the great reform endeavors of Emperor Joseph II. It aimed to capture all rules that would govern civil society, from individual rights and personal interactions to possession, property, contract, and liability in one concise form. It is much shorter than the Code Civil, and the German BGB a century later,and it still endures. It is a text of utter simplicity and elegance, a joy to read. It also reflects the values of the enlightenment. And its main author Joseph Freiherr von Sonnenfels was an amazing character.
A SET OF RULES AT AN ITALIAN CAMP GROUND FROM THE 1990S
The document explains the rules of the camp ground in multiple languages, riddled with mistakes and inaccuracies. Most noteworthy is rule 13 (IIRC) in German that simply states “Es ist verboten.” (It is prohibited.) A wonderfully unintentional summary of how the Germanic legal systems have been characterized abroad.