An Essay on Crimes and Punishments: (Of Beccaria) ; Trans. From the Italian. With a Commentary, Attributed to Mons. De Voltaire

An Essay on Crimes and Punishments: (Of Beccaria) ; Trans. From the Italian. With a Commentary, Attributed to Mons. De Voltaire

Cesare Beccaria, marchese di; Voltaire

 Dublin : Printed by John Exshaw, in Dame-Street, 1767


A seminal Enlightenment work in the field of penology. Beccaria argued against the use of torture and the death penalty. Many of the arguments on the relation of the death penalty to deterrence of crime will be familiar to present readers. Contemporary leather binding. Rebacked. New spine. Some toning to end pages. Light foxing. BMC 2:699.690; Roscoe A29(3)  ESTC. T138985.  Provenance: H.C. Potter's copy. Armorial book plate, Malo Mori Quam Foedari on verso.  

Dei Delitti e Delle Pene (fist printed in 1764) was the first systematic study of the principles of crime and punishment. Infused with the spirit of the Enlightenment, its advocacy of crime prevention and the abolition of torture and capital punishment marked a significant advance in criminological thought, which had changed little since the middle ages. It had a profound influence on the development of criminal law. It was especially influential among American thinkers, who saw Beccaria as a source of enlightened ideas to reform English common law.

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