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  1. 131685
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  2. 132089
    An engraved ticket to attend the trial of Warren Hastings, in a 1793 sitting. Warren Hastings was the head of the Supreme Council of Bengal, and consequently the de facto Governor-General of India, from 1774 to 1785. In 1787 he was accused of corruption and embezzlement, and began an impeachment trial under the House of... Learn More
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  3. 127435
    First edition of Schmid's magnum opus. A councillor of the Saxe-Weimar ducal court, Schmid (1720-1805) was in contact with many of the leading philosophes, including Voltaire, Diderot and d'Alembert. His economic writings were heavily influenced by physiocratic ideas, promoting agriculture as the basis of the nation's wealth... Learn More
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  4. 130268detail
    A highly attractive set of Linguet's legal defences. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Linguet was... Learn More
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  5. 125147
    First edition of this very scarce record of the notorious trial and wrongful executions of three men following the slaughter of a family in their home at Maamtrasna, a remote Irish community on the Mayo-Galway border, in August 1882. The case, which has been the subject of books and documentaries, is still unsolved, and... Learn More
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  6. 131799
    First edition of vols. III and IV, third edition of vols. I and II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly... Learn More
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  7. 131403
    First edition, first printing. Alfred Winslow Jones (9 September 1900 2 June 1989) was an Australian investor and hedge fund manager; for this book, he and his assistants interviewed over 1,700 Americans on the question of the conflict between personal rights and corporate property rights in the aftermath of the Depression.... 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. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 123174
    Ellen "Enie" Virginia Nash (1910-1995)..."> A handsome three-quarter length portrait of Frankfurter, seated in judicial robes, facing left, inscribed by him, "For Enie Nash, with every good wish for her successful practice of the public profession of the law, from her devoted friend, Felix Frankfurter", dated 15 January 1950.
    Ellen "Enie" Virginia Nash (1910-1995)... Learn More
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  20. 125341comp
    First edition of Russell's guide to conveyancing. Presentation copy, inscribed "from the author" to front free endpaper, believed to have been presented to Sir William Forbes Bart (1739-1806), with his bookplate to pastedown. Forbes, the banker and philanthropist, is now best remembered as the close friend of James Boswell,... Learn More
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  21. 126367
    One of two duodecimo editions published in 1757; OCLC lists copies with the same title, date and imprint, with xlii, (6) and 485 pages, whereas our copy comprises the title, 390 pages, plus the leaf of approbation, with 3 leaves removed between the end of the text and the leaf of approbation, which together with the title... Learn More
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  22. 126277
    First edition of the Royal Certificate of Incorporation of the Bank of Potosi to the Spanish Royal Treasury, with instructions for its management and regulation. The extensive silver mines of the mountain of Potosí (in the highlands of contemporary Bolivia, at an altitude of 4,800 meters) proved among the most important... Learn More
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  23. 126202
    Scarce first edition of an anonymously compiled legal vade medcum for farmers and country gentlemen, with particular attention given to Game laws, tithes, highways and turnpike roads, fishing, fish ponds and rivers, the manufacture of and duty on malt, and laws relating to the manufacture and retail of cyder, mum, perry,... Learn More
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  24. 126219
    First edition of Ziegler's commentary on Grotius, from the celebrated library of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Finance under Louis XIV from 1665 to 1683, with the usual inscription "Bibliothecae Colbertinae" to the engraved title. Colbert's was one of the finest and most famous libraries of the seventeenth century,... Learn More
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  25. .
    First English edition. One of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought, L'Esprit des Loix was a huge influence both on English law, especially as mediated by William Blackstone, and on those who framed the American Constitution. Blackstone's Commentaries, Hamilton's Federalist Papers and Tocqueville's Democracy... Learn More
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  26. 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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  27. 124023
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US in 1971. Rawls's Theory of Justice postulates a form of social contract theory whereby rational individuals who do not know their place in society would only justify inequality if it benefited the least well off. Rawls's treatise has since become one of the... Learn More
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  28. Magna Carta
    First impression, printed on vellum, of this meticulously engraved copy of the Magna Carta, "a sacred text, the nearest approach to an irrepealable "fundamental statute" that England has ever had" (Pollock and Maitland, History of English Law, I, p. 173). The work of John Pine (1690-1756) engraver, publisher, print- and... Learn More
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  29. 122064
    First edition, variant state; some copies of the book have a line of erratum on page 224 which is absent here, but with the erratum corrected in the text. Editions would be published in Edinburgh, Dublin and Cork later in the same year. Sackville had been stripped of his military position after refusing to allow a British... Learn More
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  30. 121100
    First edition, one of 20 quarto copies presumably printed for presentation, from the library of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, with his bookplate and signature. Considering their proximity and active participation in the same parliamentary debates on the subject, as well as the small print run, it is highly probable that... Learn More
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  31. 114911
    First edition of Savigny's massive workover 4000 pages longwhich demonstrated the great and living unity of much of the Roman law. His earlier writings, with their emphasis on the Volksgeist and their application of the historical method, had expressed his reaction, influenced by romanticism, against the natural law theories... Learn More
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  32. 119517
    First edition in English, first published as De jure Naturae et Gentium libri octo in 1672. The legal theorist, historian and theologian Samuel von Pufendorf (1632-1694) was the first professor of the Law of Nature and of Nations in a German university at Heidelberg. In his works on political science "he attempted to strike... Learn More
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  33. 118691
    First edition of the distinguished German economist and philosopher's work on law enforcement. First a professor of philosophy in Halle, Jakob (1759-1827) accepted the Russian government's invitation in 1807 to become a professor of economic science at Kharkoff University after the University of Halle was suppressed. His... Learn More
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  34. 115242
    First edition. In 1809 Basil Montagu (1770-1851), author and legal reformer, "along with the Quaker philanthropist William Allen and others... formed the Society for the Diffusion of Knowledge upon the Punishment of Death and the Improvement of Prison Discipline (re-established in 1829 as the Society for the Diffusion of... Learn More
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  35. 114463
    First edition. A fascinating copy with numerous contemporary annotations and additional notices tipped in; copies of Home Office memorandum (8 pp.), a 1927 addendum to the standing orders (64 pp.), "Convict Prison Standing Orders" (31 pp.) have been bound in together with a pamphlet regarding the Poor Persons' Defence Act... Learn More
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  36. Instructions for Officers of Excise in the Country.
    A scarce series of publications for excise men and gaugers, all published in 1778, giving guidance and instruction on all matters involving the inspection of premises, calculation of duty payable, and how to maintain records.
    The production and distribution of these books of instruction appear to have begun in the early... Learn More
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  37. [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
    First edition in French of this apology for tyrannicide, originally advocating the assassination of Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a clandestine pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder.
    From the library of French historian and... Learn More
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  38. image1
    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. The Bench and Bar of New-York.
    First edition, handsomely bound. Lucien Brock Proctor (1823-1900) "gained a more enduring reputation than practice at the bar in his writings on legal history and on New York state biography... The Bench and the Bar of New York was made up of biographical sketches dedicated to the junior bar of New York in the hope that... Learn More
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  40. Opere diverse.
    First edition of the collected works of the father of modern penology, including his celebrated Dei delitti e delle pene, which was first published in 1764. From the library of archivist and civil servant Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent... Learn More
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  41. Rapport sur le droit de marque des cuirs. Par un conseiller d'état.
    First and only edition. A very rare book, printed in only a few copies for private distribution, as stated in the preface. Written originally in 1788 in opposition to regressive internal tax policy, specifically the tax on hides and leathers, it remained unpublished until this moment when that and other reactionary fiscal... Learn More
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  42. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America
    Second, enlarged edition, first published 1889. The initial publication, and also this extensively revised and augmented edition, were "encouraged by" the Howard Association - the world's oldest penal reform organisation, now the Howard League - bookplate recording their presentation of this copy - "Kindly acknowledge safe... Learn More
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  43. [Drop-head title:] Discours adressé (le 9 Mars 1873 [sic]) à une societé d'avocats au parlement de Toulouse, sur son projet d'une conférence de charité.
    First and apparently only edition of this speech promoting the establishment in Toulouse of an order of lawyers offering free legal representation to the poor, a "league of generous defenders of the oppressed and destitute". When Maître Gez (c.1700-1792) gave this speech to his peers at the Parlement in Toulouse he had... Learn More
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  44. i1
    First edition of Chaillou de Lisy's translation, endorsed by Beccaria. Undoubtedly the most influential work on criminal justice in the 18th century, Beccaria's treatise was originally published in Italian in 1764, first published in French in 1766 and in English in 1767. Cesare Beccaria, Marchese Beccaria-Bonesana, a well-to-do... Learn More
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  45. 113869
    "Later..."> First Edinburgh edition of "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM) - Montesquieu's classification of political structures and his comparative and historical political sociology. This edition is particularly appealing as David Hume was closely involved with seeing it through the press.
    "Later... Learn More
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  46. image1
    Scarce first edition of a legal guide for estate and land managers, written by the son of the German jurist Georg Zincke, with an introductory biography of his father at the beginning of the work. In a series of 305 paragraphs, the author explains all the legal ins and outs of contracts, obligations, buying, selling, brokering,... Learn More
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  47. 111764
    First edition of "the first book to be devoted solely to the subject of exhumation and decomposition" (Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body at US National Library of Medicine online). "Orfila 1787-1853, pioneer toxicologist, was the leading medico-legal expert of his time. He was born in Minorca, studied at Valencia... Learn More
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  48. Advance to Barbarism.
    Second, expanded edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed from Veale to Paget, dated Brighton, 4 November 1953, discussing the... Learn More
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  49. The American Commonwealth.
    First edition. James Bryce, Viscount Bryce (1838-1922), jurist, historian, and politician. A classic work on the United States that discusses the political structure of American society, its legal system, and its people with an analysis that is both broad and in-depth. Learn More
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  50. .
    First edition of the first printed book on insurance. The work was frequently reprinted in the 16th century with Stracca's De Mercatura and further separate editions appeared well into the 17th, but the first edition is extremely rare, RLIN locating the Harvard copy only, to which OCLC adds another, at the University of... Learn More
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  51. 1
    First edition of McCulloch's defence of primogeniture and entails, as reworked from one of the Notes and Dissertations contained in his edition of Wealth of Nations, and briefly outlined in an article for the Edinburgh Review), which is now "for the first time, laid before the reader in a systematic form; with illustrations,... Learn More
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  52. The Case of Shipmony [sic] briefly discoursed,
    First edition(?) with the spelling "Policy" in the title; STC notes two other editions of the same year with the spelling "Policie". The Case of Shipmony "occupies a special place in the history of English political thought: The Case of Shipmony may be the first intellectually significant political pamphlet of the Long Parliament... Learn More
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  53. A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued, nor brought under obedience of the crowne of England, untill the beginning of his Majesties happie raigne.
    First edition; rare in commerce. As part of the regime consolidating English rule following the defeat of Tyrone's rebel forces, Sir John Davies's career in Ireland spanned 16 years' service, first as Solicitor-General, 1603-6, then as Attorney-General, 1606-19. More than any other English administrator, Davies realised... Learn More
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  54. 63619
    First edition. Collection of papers emphasizing the eugenic aspects of crime: Harry Olson's presidential address, "Crime and Heredity," to the 1923 Annual Meeting of the Eugenic Research Association, 1923 - Olson was Chief Justice of the Municipal Court; the 1925 presidential address, "Crime from the Psychiatrist's Point... Learn More
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  55. Evolutional Ethics and Animal Psychology.
    First edition. Having graduated from the University of Michigan and studied for three years at Göttingen, Berlin and Munich, in 1862 Evans was appointed Professor of Modern Languages at his alma mater. He resigned in 1870 to become a private scholar and freelance journalist ; "and before long his high, broad forehead and... Learn More
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  56. 44224
    First edition. Lawes was a prison warden and an outspoken advocate of prison reform. He began his career as a warden at Dannemora in 1905, subsequently working at first Auburn Prison and Elmira Reformatory, becoming Superintendent of the City Reformatory on Hart Island in New York City in 1915 and in 1918 taking over as... Learn More
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  57. 44223comp
    First edition. This copy inscribed to "Mr. Alexander Lees with best wishes" by Lawes in 1937. Lawes was a prison warden and an outspoken advocate of prison reform. He began his career as a warden at Dannemora in 1905, subsequently working at first Auburn Prison and Elmira Reformatory, becoming Superintendent of the City... Learn More
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  58. 41735comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper and a letter from the author, loosely inserted, to The Marchioness of Breadalbane. Learn More
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  59. The Case of the Dutch Ships, Considered.
    First edition. Published when Marriott had recently graduated in Law and entered the College of Advocates, and at the height of the Seven Years' War, this pamphlet contends that "... that the Dutch had forfeited claims to neutrality by trading with French colonies and by allowing Dutch territory to be used by France" (James... Learn More
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  60. 39447
    First Edition. Author was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brown, and Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Learn More
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