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KOESTLER, Arthur, & Albert Camus.

Réflexions sur la peine capitale.

Introduction et Étude de Jean Bloch-Michel.

Paris: Calman-Lévy, 1957 Stock Code: 118368
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One of 260 large paper copies

First edition, number 209 of 260 large paper copies on vélin teinté paper, of which 250 are numbered and 10 are hors commerce. Edited by the French legislator and journalist Jean Bloch-Michel, one of Camus's friends and a former colleague at Combat, this work includes two polemical essays in opposition to capital punishment - Camus's Réflexions sur la guillotine and an abridged French translation of Koestler's Reflections on Hanging, first published in English the same year. They are accompanied by an essay on the history of the death penalty in France by Bloch-Michel. "Whereas Koestler sees practical issues in the historic willingness of British judges to send convicts to the gallows, Camus builds an entire philosophy of the individual as a monolithic argument against the guillotine.. the British citizen concentrates his opposition to the death penalty on the practical considerations of the many miscarriages of justice and the statistical inefficacy of hanging; the French citizen agrees, but goes on to develop several additional arguments culminating in a fundamental argument in favour of the basic priority of the individual" (Heyen & Taschner, pp. 120-1).

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Octavo (210 x 138 mm). Twentieth-century red half morocco by Alix, spine lettered in gilt, patterned paper boards, grey endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut, preserving the original printed wrappers and spine.


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