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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

Trattati di legislazione civile e penale.

Preceduti da' principi generale di legislazione, e da un progetto di un corpo completo di dritto: terminati da un saggio sulla influenza de' tempi e de' luoghi relativamenti alle leggi. Pubblicati in Francese da Si. Dumont di Ginevre da' manoscritto confidatigli dall'Autore... Traduzione dal Francese di Michele Azzariti.

Naples: Angelo Trani, 1818 Stock Code: 128947
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First edition in Italian of Bentham's Theory of Legislation, originally published in French, edited by Etienne Dumont from Bentham's original 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 an amusing story of Bentham's impatience to see the volumes because of a great curiosity to know what his own opinions are upon the subjects Dumont treats of. The success was immediate and Russian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese translations soon followed and Bentham's influence became particularly marked in the South American Republics where 40,000 copies of various works were sold." (Muirhead).

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3 volumes, octavo. Near contemporary vellum over boards, spines decorated gilt, red and green morocco labels, sprinkled edges.


Complete with the licence leaf at the end of volume one.


Small wormhole to board edge of volume two, light scattered spotting, several lower edges untrimmed, a few marginal paper flaws, one or two gatherings lightly browned due to poor paper stock; generally a crisp clean copy in an attractive binding.


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