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BENTHAM, Jeremy.
Traités de législation civile et pénale,
Paris: Bossange, Masson et Besson,, 1802. 3 volumes, octavo (212 x 133 mm). Contemporary marbled boards, printed paper spine labels. Parisian bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns. Joints skilfully repaired. An excellent, uncut copy. First edition, translated and edited by Étienne Dumont, from Bentham's manuscripts. This work did more than any other to establish Bentham's reputation. It consists partly of papers by Bentham himself, some of which were originally composed in French, and partly of a digest by Dumont of Bentham's ideas. "Romilly tells an amusing story of Bentham's impatience to see the volumes because of a great curiosity to know what his own opinions are upon the subjects Dumont treats of. The success was immediate and Russian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese translations soon followed and Bentham's influence became particularly marked in the South American Republics where 40,000 copies of various works were sold." (Muirhead). Chuo T8.1.; Everett p. 529; Muirhead pp. 17-18. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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