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  1. 101360
    First edition, one of 500 copies, described as "Bentham's first work of any importance" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Work, p. 35). The work is in the form of a commentary on Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, and constitutes Bentham's most single-minded criticism of the social contract theory, which... Learn More
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  2. 101349
    First edition of the first instalment only, i.e. Bentham's Draught itself, which was "one of the first signs of the conversion of Bentham towards more democratic views; and, in truth, we may readily trace in certain passages of this treatise the germs of many of those luminous ideas which, thirty years later, were to be... Learn More
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  3. 103233
    First edition, first issue, of the Panopticon, corrected and annotated in Bentham's hand. "The Dublin edition has not been recorded in any bibliography, although it is known to have been printed" (Chuo). This is one of six copies sent to Bentham in May 1791, and one of the very few to survive from the printing of 500 copies,... Learn More
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  4. 120454
    First London edition of all three parts of Bentham's famous but abortive Panopticon Penitentiary Scheme. Both the second Postscript and the plates were delayed in being printed and "very few copies of either the London or the Dublin editions have all the engravings According to Bentham, most of the plates were destroyed... Learn More
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  5. 124002
    First American edition, originally published in London in 1787. The Defence of Usury was written during Bentham's stay in Russia, and takes the form of letters to a friend from "Crichoff, in White Russia". The work expounds the characteristic Benthamite economic principle that no adult of sound mind acting freely and aware... Learn More
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  6. 106092
    Autograph letter signed to Sir John William Anderson (c. 1736-1813), MP for London 1793-1806, discussing the expense of supporting convicts, prompted by the debate resulting from the third reading of the Convicts Transportation Bill in parliament the day before. The letter was sent accompanied by a copy of the first of Bentham's... Learn More
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  7. 101581
    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... Learn More
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  8. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  9. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  10. 101335
    First public edition, a re-issue of the original sheets of part I, with a cancel title page, of Bentham's main work on education, together with the first edition of part II.
    "In 1814 Bentham became interested in a scheme, sponsored by Francis Place, James Mill, and others, to extend the Lancastrian scheme of instruction... Learn More
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  11. 101341
    Third edition, first published in 1787. A Protest against Law-taxes was first published alone in 1793, and with Supply without Burthen in 1795. The Defence of Usury was written during Bentham's stay in Russia, and takes the form of letters to a friend from "Crichoff, in White Russia". The work expounds the characteristic... Learn More
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  12. Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form of a Catechism, with Reasons for each Article, with an Introduction, shewing the Necessity of Radical, and the Inadequacy of moderate Reform.
    First edition of Bentham's important work, advocating parliamentary reform. Written in 1809, the Catechism is an example of the concern Bentham developed for representative democracy and, in Holdsworth's words, is the work that "signalized his conversion to the creed of the radical reformers" (History of English Law). Bentham... Learn More
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  13. 101508
    First edition. The Papers contain early indications of a train of thought which was eventually to lead to Bentham's great Constitutional Code and which was to occupy him for the rest of his life. They consist mainly of letters from Bentham, written from 1811 to 1815, offering his own services as a codifier, especially to... Learn More
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  14. 101515
    First edition of Bentham's important work, advocating parliamentary reform. Although Bentham came from a Tory family, his ideas underwent a change: "He became convinced that under a democratic government 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number' was likely to be most advanced" (DNB). This tract (but not the introduction)... Learn More
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  15. 101524
    First published edition, originally printed in 1813 and "written to expose the mischief arising from the laws relating to the administration of oaths" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: his life and work, p. 173). "In some cases, so he declared, the Promissory Oath prevented a man from doing what he knew to be right; in others,... Learn More
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  16. 101516
    Second edition, originally published in 1817 in an edition of 750 copies. The original publisher, Hunter, having declined to publish a second edition, "Bentham gave Wooler, editor of The Black Dwarf, permission to reprint the work in cheap numbers and to make 'such alterations' on the style as might render it more easy of... Learn More
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  17. 104633
    First edition. "The format shows that this volume consists of two distinct bodies of work, i.e., one that is the unfinished work on the church written about 1809-1813, the other the stricture on the National School Society, apparently drafted later as an appendix to the Chrestomathia" (Chuo). Learn More
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  18. 101405
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  19. The Elements of the Art of Packing, as applied to special Juries, particularly in cases of Libel Law.
    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham's criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law's injustice had recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  20. 96197
    First published edition, originally printed in 1810, of Bentham's criticism of English libel law, which he had always detested and which more than once stood in the way of the free publication of his opinions. When the work was written, the law's injustice had recently been made obvious in a series of prosecutions for libelling... Learn More
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  21. 101413
    First edition, prepared for publication by John Bowring. "Correct views of the changes which it is desirable to introduce into our present plan of commerical policy, do not appear to the writer to have been in all respects well condensed, or satisfactorily developed; and he was not a little gratified when the ill-judges... Learn More
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  22. 101507
    First edition, edited by John Bowring. Originally written in September and October 1820 to support freedom of the press in Spain: "the object was - the rendering it manifest, how indispensable, at all times and every where, those two intimately-connected liberties - the liberty of the press, and the liberty of public discussion... Learn More
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  23. 101565
    First edition. "In the stormy years between 1815 and 1825 Bentham was glad to publish with anyone prepared to take a risk of prosecution, and in consequence favoured the radical and atheistic publishers like the Hunts and William Hone... It is not surprising to find the courageous Hone sponsoring a Tract on Liberty and three... Learn More
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  24. Essai sur la nomenclature et la classification des principales branches d'art-et-science.
    First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life. Learn More
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  25. 101364
    Second edition, originally published in 1776, and described as "Bentham's first work of any importance" (Atkinson, Jeremy Bentham: His Life and Work, p. 35); "though the word 'enlarged' was used in the title, the addition of substance was a long footnote to Ch. I, pp. 45-48 only" (Chuo). The work is in the form of a commentary... Learn More
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  26. 101380
    Second edition, revised, with a few additional notes, of Bentham's best-known and perhaps his greatest work, containing the clearest statement of his fundamental views, the principle of utility in particular, originally published in 1789. Apart from the Fragment on Government it is, as Hart notes (Bentham, p. 298), the only... Learn More
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  27. 101411
    First edition, published in volume XXII of The Pamphleteer, and here issued separately. "Bentham's main preoccupation during the last ten years of his life was the preparation of a Constitutional Code for the use of all nations and all governments professing liberal opinions. A short avant-courier pre-announcement appeared... Learn More
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  28. 101579
    First edition of Bentham's landmark work on the law of evidence, published in English (but still in the form defined by Dumont's editorship) two years later, in 1825, as A Treatise on Judicial Evidence, Extracted from the Manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, Esq. by M. Dumont. Dumont (1759-1829) had started his work of editorship... Learn More
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  29. 101585
    First edition. The text was also printed the same year by Carlile, with Bentham's name on the title and a short annoucement that the work was first printed (i.e. by Moses) "by order of Mr. Bentham for distribution among his friends", before Carlile asked whether the work might be made available for a wider audience and duly... Learn More
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  30. 101692
    First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life, complete with the very rare large folding plate "Vue synoptique" printed on thick paper. Learn More
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  31. 101331
    First edition. "The substance of this treatise, drawn up from the most unfinished of all Mr. Bentham's Manuscripts, has already been published in French by M. Dumont" (Preface). A host of fallacies are detected and analysed, for instance the Argument from the Wisdom of Our Ancestors; the Hobgoblin Argument or 'No Innovation';... Learn More
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  32. 101521
    First edition in English, and first separate edition. The work was originally published as part of the Théorie des Peines et des Récompenses, of 1811, a compilation made by Dumont from two sets of manuscripts by Bentham, one in English, and the other, the Essai sur les Récompenses, in French. This English translation... Learn More
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  33. 96185
    First edition in English of the Traité des preuves judiciaires, Bentham's landmark work on the law of evidence, published as an appendix to the Law Journal, here issued with a separate title page and preliminary matter. The unidentified translator has supplied his own notes in several places. Learn More
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  34. 96186
    First book edition, also published in The Pamphleteer in 1825, and included in Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense minimized, in 1830. This work was described by The Chronicle as "The most daring production that has ever appeared." Learn More
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  35. 101517
    First edition of this massive work - over a million words long - which was assembled from Bentham's manuscripts written between 1802 and 1812 under the editorship of J. S. Mill. It is one of the most important sources for the understanding of Bentham's thoughts on jurisprudence. "The Rationale of Judicial Evidence is one... Learn More
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  36. 123567
    First edition, edited from Bentham's manuscripts by Étienne Dumont, including a translation of his Codification Proposal of 1822. Learn More
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    First edition, edited from Bentham's manuscripts by Étienne Dumont, including a translation of his Codification Proposal of 1822. Learn More
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  38. 101338
    First edition, edited from Bentham's manuscripts by Étienne Dumont, including a translation of his Codification Proposal of 1822. Learn More
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  39. 101343
    Third edition in French of Bentham's Defence of Usury, translated by Saint-Amand Bazard, published together with Turgot's Mémoire sur les Prêts d'argent, first published in 1789. Everett notes two earlier translations, both of 1790, entitled Apologie de l'usure and Lettres sur la liberté du taux de l'intérêt de l'argent.... Learn More
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  40. 118356
    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page, "To John Galletly Esq. Dundee. from Jeremy Bentham, Queen's Square Place, Westminster, 21 Dec 1829". Bentham dedicated the final years of his life to perfecting his theory of codification, with the hope that his petitions for administrative and... Learn More
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  41. 123580
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, edited and partly translated into French by Bentham's collaborator and disciple Etienne Dumont, preceding by 8 years the first English collected edition. "Even in the English-speaking world it was largely through Dumont's versions that Bentham came to be read" (Dinwiddy, p. 293).... Learn More
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  42. 101415
    First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system... Learn More
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  43. 101519
    First edition in English of the first volume of Dumont's Théorie des peines et récompenses (1811), translated by Richard Smith, with use of some of the original manuscripts. The second volume had previously been published by Smith as The Rationale of Reward in 1825. Smith states in his Advertisement to the present work:... Learn More
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  44. 101357
    First edition of what Bentham described afterwards as "one of his Jacobinisms" (cited by Atkinson, p. 108). In 1793, Bentham, availing himself of his privileges as a French citizen, a title conferred upon him the previous year by the National Assembly, privately printed a pamphlet entitled Jeremy Bentham to the National... Learn More
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  45. 101403
    First edition of Bentham's paper on the question of whether or not France should have a Chamber of Peers. A French translation appeared in 1831. An introductory letter from Bentham addressed to Lafayette prefaces the work. Learn More
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  46. 114170
    First edition, all published, of Bentham's Constitutional Code, the only edition published in his lifetime. "The massive, unfinished Constitutional Code, the major work of his final decade, established Bentham as a major theorist of constitutional democracy" (F. Rosen & J. H. Burns, preface to the 1983 Clarendon Press edition,... Learn More
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  47. 101608
    First edition in German of a selection of Bentham's writings on law and politics, taken from the French Traités de législation civile et pénale, Principes du code pénal, Vue générale d'un corps complete de législation, and Théorie des peines et des récompenses. Learn More
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  48. 126241detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  49. 97488detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  50. 93476
    First Irish edition, originally published in London in 1787, published in Dublin in the year when a debate on the reduction of the rate of interest (from 6 to 5 percent) was being held in the Irish parliament. The Defence of Usury was written during Bentham's stay in Russia, and takes the form of letters to a friend from... Learn More
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  51. 103801
    First edition of Charles Atkinson's study of Bentham, with an index. Learn More
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  52. 103802
    Fourth edition in English (first English edition published in 1928), with C. W. Everett's Bibliography of Bentham's works at the end (pages 522-546), and an index. Learn More
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  53. 119716
    First critical edition of Bentham's writings on financial administration and political economy, few of which were published, and "many were hardly known prior to W. Stark's edition" (ODNB). Learn More
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