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Beccaria, Cesare; Voltaire
An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, Translated from the Italian..
1767. First English-Language Edition. First English-Language Edition. First English-Language Edition of "One of the Most Influential Books in the Whole History of Criminology" Beccaria, [Cesare Bonesana, Marchese de] [1738-1794]. Voltaire (Arouet, Francois-Marie) [1694-1778]. An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, Translated from the Italian; With a Commentary, Attributed to Mons. De Voltaire, Translated from the French. London: Printed for J. Almon, 1767. xii, 179, [1], lxxix, [1] pp. Last page blank. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints starting at ends, armorial bookplate of Hans Sloane to front pastedown, his signature to head of title page. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in laces, light foxing toa few leaves. $5,000. * First edition in English. First published anonymously 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 Jeffe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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