Opere diverse.Naples: nella stampera di Giovanni Gravier, 1770-1 Stock Code: 114251
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 under-secretary of state for the home department in 1817. In his later position as keeper of the state papers he supervised the editing and publication of the State Papers of Henry VIII.
3 volumes in 2, octavo (196 x 128 mm). Contemporary stiff vellum, titles to spines gilt, twin rules to boards in green, marbled endpapers, red speckled edges.
Engraved frontispiece of Justice refusing an offering of severed heads from a man with a sword in Volume 1 (a plate depicting the same scene was used as the frontispiece of the first edition of Dei delitti e delle pene), 6 folding tables in Volume 2.
A few minor marks to boards. An excellent set with bright text and plates.
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