Prodromo all’estirpazione del pirronismo dalla ragion civile d’Italia.

[Florence?] 1769.

8vo, pp. xvi, 96; dampstain to upper corner of the first few gatherings, small stain to foot of §6, paperflaw to lower margin of C2 (not affecting text); nonetheless a good copy in contemporary carta rustica, some light wear and dustsoiling.


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Only edition, uncommon, of this analysis of the political and legal organisation of Italy, and proposals for its improvement, by the Prato lawyer and historian Giovacchino Domenico Ceri (1734–1798).

The first part addresses the causes and consequences of the unfortunate state of Italian jurisprudence, and wonders why, in such enlightened times, Italy persists with the system it has. Ceri argues that a new code of civil law is required, and, in the second part of his book, describes how Italian legislation and jurisprudence might be reduced to a simpler and better system. Acknowledging the difficulties and the varieties of opinions about both the necessity of and the approach to reform, Ceri looks to Bacon, Leibniz, Montsesquieu, and Wolff, as well as to other European states to present a plan for improving the legal system, before proposing some general guidelines for how to approach reform, emphasising the centrality of legal education in the process.

No copies recorded by OCLC outside Italy.

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