Traites de Legislation Civile et Penale, 3 Vols, 1802, First edition.
by Bentham, Jeremy; Dumont, Pierre tienne Louis
1802. First Edition of Bentham's Theory of Legislation Bentham, Jeremy [1748-1832]. Dumont, Pierre Etienne Louis [1759-1829], Editor and Translator. Traites de Legislation Civile et Penale, Precedes de Principes Generaux de Legislation, Et d'une Vue d'un Corps Complet de Droit: Termines par un Essai sur l'Influence des Tems et des Lieux Relativement aux Lois. Paris: Chez Bossange, Masson et Besson, 1802. Three volumes. xlii, 370; xx, 434; viii, 452 pp. Each volume has half-title. Complete set. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Contemporary tree sheep, rebacked in period-style speckled sheep, gilt fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spines, existing marbled endpapers retained. Light rubbing and some chips and scratched to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners lightly worn. Some toning to text, light foxing in places, internally clean. A very good copy of a scarce set. * First edition. Not published in English until the Boston 1840 American edition, Bentham's seminal work on penal reform and legislation established his reputation. The first of Bentham's works edited by Dumont, it consists partly of papers by Bentham, some of which were originally written in French and partly of a digest by Dumont of Bentham's ideas, including a memoire in French on the Panopticon. Dumont, a Swiss writer and journalist, had met Bentham at the house of Lord Shelburne in 1788. There followed an enduring relationship in which Dumont translated and edited many of Bentham's works, acting at the same time as Bentham's informal literary agent. The first British edition was published in 1864. Harrison, Bentham xvii. Muirhead, A Jeremy Bentham Collection 17. (Inventory #: 65560)
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