Tratados de legislación civil y penal, obra extractada de los manuscritos del señor Jeremias Bentham … por Esteban Dumont … y traducida al castellano con comentarios por Ramon Salas … Doctor de Salamanca con arreglo a la segunda edición revista, corregida y aumentada.

Madrid, Fermín Villalpando, 1821-1822.

Five vols, 4to, pp. xvi, 388 (incl. errata); 338, [2 (errata and blank)]; 320; 352; [4 (half-title and title-page)], iv, 283; the blank lower outer corner of the title-page to volume I torn away, two small wormholes to pp. 387-388, and a dampstain to the top corners of pp. 289-388; vol. III with a slight marginal tear to pp.111-112, one tiny, marginal hole to pp. 129-130 and a few marginal spots; vol. IV with foxing to pp. 313-352; and vol. V with one small, natural flaw to the margin of pp. 5-6; else a crisp, clean set in contemporary tree-calf, spines gilt-tooled in compartments with florets, with red morocco lettering-pieces; all five vols. with a few scuffs; vol. III with two small stains to the upper board; vol. IV with a scorch mark along the top 2cm of the upper board, all edges red.


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First edition: rare. A collection of Jeremy Bentham’s penal writings, translated from the second French edition of 1820, with an additional commentary, by the Spanish jurist and rector of Salamanca University, Salas y Cortés (1753-1837). This collection was first prepared and published in French by Étienne Dumont as the Traités de législation civile et pénale, and it established Bentham’s reputation as the most important European writer on crime and punishment after Beccaria’ (Oxford DNB).

‘Edited by Dumont from the chapters of An Introduction to the principles of morals and legislation and the author’s MSS. This work rendered his name and basic ideas famous on the Continent and in Latin America, and then in his country’ (Chuo University Bentham Catalogue, p. 159).

Palau, 27576. OCLC lists one copy only, in the National Library of Chile; the British Library holds one copy, and KVK locates a handful in Spanish libraries. Not listed in Chuo.

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