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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized: as shewn in the several papers comprised in this volume.

London: Printed for the Author, and Published by Robert Heward, 1830 Stock Code: 101415
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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 of proposed Constitutional Law, for the use of all nations professing liberal opinion. "In acknowledging a presentation copy of Official Aptitude Maximized, Sir James Graham (1792-1861) wrote to Bentham: 'Permit me to offer my sincere thanks for the present of your valuable work, which I shall study with the respect due to the production of the most enlightened and honest jurist, every mark of whose approbation is regarded by me as an honourable distinction.' It was in this same year that Graham brought forward his memorable motion for the reduction of official salaries" (Atkinson, p. 194f).

The papers are as follows:

I. Preface.

II. Introductory view.

III. Extract from the proposed Constitutional Code, entitled Official Aptitude Maximized, Expense Minimized London: 1816.

IV. drop-head title: Further Extract from proposed Constitutional Code.

V. Defence of Economy against the Right Honorable Edmund Burke. First printed in January 1817.

VI. Defence of Economy against the Right Honourable George Rose. First printed in September 1817.

VII. Observations on Mr. Secretary Peel's House of Commons speech.

III. Indications respecting Lord Eldon.

IX. drop-head title: On the Militia. imprint: London, C.& W. Reynell, n. d..

X. drop-head title: On Public Account Keeping.

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11 papers in one volume, octavo (211 x 125 mm). Contemporary blue straight grained morocco, gilt double-rule border to covers, spine ruled gilt in compartments, red morocco labels, marbled endpapers and edges.


Joints skilfully repaired. Bound without the directions to the binder leaf in paper I, the half-title to paper III, the final blank to papers I, VII and VIII, the initial and final blanks and the penultimate leaf with printer's imprint leaf to paper IX. Spine label reads "Bentham's Works 17".


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