Montagu's Anthology of Writings on Capital Punishment Montagu, Basil [1770-1851], Editor. The Opinions of Different Authors Upon the Punishment of Death. London: Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown [imprint varies], 1809, 1812, 1813. Three volumes. vi, [ii], 315; [ii], xxvii, ii, 401, ; [ii], ii, ii, 453,  pp. Folding table in Volume III. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to boards, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing in a few places, internally clean. A handsome copy of a scarce set. $2,000. * First edition. Lawyer, versatile legal author, philanthropist and reformer, Montagu is best known for his tireless efforts to reform bankruptcy law and abolish capital punishment, work he pursued with considerable success. A remarkable work of research, Opinions is an anthology of writings from 62 authors ranging from More to Blackstone, Johnson, Beccaria, Bentham, Mackintosh and Romilly. There are also texts of English and foreign laws relating to capital punishment and crime, including selection from the Nakaz of Catherine the Great and Bentham's Theory of Rewards and Punishments, Bentham's essay on the Panopticon, excerpts from Parliamentary debates, editorials from periodicals and excerpts from historical works. A second edition of Volume I was issued in 1816. Complete first-edition sets are quite scarce; OCLC locates 9 copies in North American law libraries. Not in Sweet & Maxwell. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:139.
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