*Our shops are open!*
Dover Street: 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Fulham Road: by appointment, 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Click for more information about safety measures in store.

BENTHAM, Jeremy.

Constitutional Code; for the Use of all Nations and all Governments professing Liberal Opinions.

Vol. I [all published.]

London, Printed for the Author, and published by Robert Heward, 1830 Stock Code: 114170
£1,750.00
Reserve Ask us a question

Notes

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, p. xliv). He drafted the Code, aptly subtitled "For the use of All Nations and All Governments professing Liberal Opinions", after receiving a concrete invitation to do so from the Portuguese Cortes, and hoped to see it adopted in Portugal, Greece, and several Latin American countries.
"The publication of the first volume of the Code and Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized was a relatively small affair. According to some financial accounts Bentham received from Robert Heward, the publisher, fifty copies of the Code were boarded and sewn in 1830 with three copies reported sold in 1830 and ten in 1831" (ibid.. p. xlii).

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

Octavo. Original fine grain cloth, printed paper spine label, uncut and partly unopened.

Illustrations

With 2 large folding tables, the first, "Constitutional Code", bound in after p. xvi rather than facing p. iii as Chuo states.

Condition

Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, a couple of tiny chips to fore edges, overall a very good copy.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book