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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, opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly, 1767 First edition in English. . Contemporary calf, sides a little scuffed, rebacked, red morocco lettering piece. Octavo. A good, clean copy. "... One of the most influential books in the history of criminology ... Beccaria maintained that the gravity of the crime should be measured by its injury to society and that the penalties should be related to this. The prevention of crime he held to be of greater importance than its punishment, and the certainty of punishment of greater effect than its severity. He denounced the use of torture and secret judicial proceedings. He opposed capital punishment, which should be replaced by life imprisonment; crimes against property should be in the first place punished by fines, political crimes by banishment; and the conditions in prisons should be radically improved. Beccaria believed that the publication of criminal proceedings, verdicts and sentences, as well as furthering general education, would help to prevent crime. These ideas have now become so commonplace that it is difficult to appreciate their revolutionary impact at the time" "It was eventually translated into twenty-two languages. Its principles have been incorporated into the criminal practice of all civilized countries …The impact of Dei Delitti e delle Pene on the reform of criminal justice can hardly be exaggerated" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 209, describing the original Italian edition, Livorno, 1764).
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