Only American Edition of an Important Work on Crime [Colquhoun, Patrick (1745-1820)]. A Treatise on the Police of London; Containing a Detail of the Various Crimes and Misdemeanors By Which Public and Private Property and Security Are, At Present, Injured and Endangered: And Suggesting Remedies for Their Prevention. Philadelphia: Printed for Benjamin Davies, 1798. xii, , 342, xxiv pp. Folding table. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary tree sheep, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, neat early repair to head of spine. Negligible light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, minor chipping to spine ends, some wear to corners, partial crack in text block between front endleaf and half-title. Moderate toning to text, brief early annotations and struck-thought signature to preliminaries. Item housed is lightly shelfworn cloth slipcase with calf accents at head and foot of opening. An appealing copy. $750. * Only American edition. Colquhoun was a tireless reformer and public-minded citizen. First published in London in 1796, his treatise on criminology offered innovative proposals, such as the appointment of public prosecutors and paid magistrates, productive labor by convicts and a system of preventative police. This Philadelphia imprint was a response to the keen interest in this subject among elite circles of reformers and legislators in America. Their efforts were reflected in Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, New York's Auburn Prison and Livingston's penal code. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1010.
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