Examen de la Legislation Romaine, Anglaise et Francaise, En Matiere...
by Sarreste, Charles Joseph
1801. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime Sarreste, Charles Joseph. Examen de la Legislation Romaine, Anglaise et Francaise, En Matiere Criminelle; Et Moyen de Proportionner la Peine au Delit. Paris: Chez Garnery/Rondonneau/Veuve Richard, An 11 . 192 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Original publisher wrappers, untrimmed edges, unopened signatures. A few minor stains, some fading to spine. Light toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, internally clean. * Only edition. An interesting work of comparative criminal law from the Consulate period that compares ideas of proportionality in the punishment of criminals according to Roman, French and English law. Sarreste outlines a history of debates concerning sentencing around the time of the French Revolution, drawing on contemporary debates in Great Britain and the work of writers like Beccaria and Blackstone. He discusses the nature of punishment, acts that may be classified as crimes, areas in which civil and criminal law overlap and the circumstances that establish criminal liability. He goes on to examine the penalties in England and France for various categories of crime, noting, to cite two examples, the severity of the death penalty for fraud in Great Britain and the absurdity of treating rape differently according to the age of the victim in France. OCLC locates 7 copies worldwide, 1 in North America (UC-Berkeley Law School). Another copy located at George Washington University Law School. (Inventory #: 65942)
Law & Legal History, International Law, Trials, Americana, Criminology, Early Printed Law Books, Legal Ephemera, Manuscripts: Law, Political Science
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