An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, With a Commentary by M de...
by Beccaria, Cesare; Voltaire
1793. Early American Edition of "One of the Most Influential Books in the Whole History of Criminology," PMM 209 Beccaria, [Cesare Bonesana, Marchese de] [1738-1794]. Voltaire (Arouet, Francois-Marie) [1694-1778]. An Essay on Crimes and Punishments: By the Marquis Beccaria, Of Milan. With a Commentary by M. De Voltaire. A New Edition Corrected. Philadelphia: Printed by William Young, 1793. x, -230 pp. 12mo. (6" x 3-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, gilt fillets and contemporary lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, somewhat darker along margins, occasional light foxing. Small early owner signatures to head of title page, interior otherwise clean. An attractive copy. * Third American edition. First published in Livorno in 1764 as Dei Delitti e Delle Pene, this landmark work is, to quote Printing and the Mind of Man, "one of the most influential books in the whole history of criminology. It is significant because it was the first systematic study of the subject. Infused with the spirit of the Enlightenment, its advocacy of crime prevention and the abolition of torture and capital punishment marked a significant advance in criminological thought, which had changed little since the Middle Ages. It had a profound influence on the development of criminal law. It was especially influential among American thinkers, such as Thomas Jefferson, who wished to use Beccaria to reform the system of criminal law Americans inherited from England. The first two American editions were issued Charleston in 1777 and Philadelphia in 1778. Printing and the Mind of Man 209. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 2349. English Short-Title Catalogue T138985. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 4234. (Inventory #: 65811)
Law & Legal History, International Law, Trials, Americana, Criminology, Early Printed Law Books, Legal Ephemera, Manuscripts: Law, Political Science
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