First Complete Printing of Livingston's Influential Penal Code Livingston, Edward [1764-1836]. A System of Penal Law, For the State of Louisiana: Consisting of A Code of Crimes and Punishments, A Code of Procedure, A Code of Evidence, A Code of Reform and Prison Discipline, A Book of Definitions. Prepared Under the Authority of a Law of the Said State. To Which are Prefixed a Preliminary Report on the Plan of a Penal Code, and Introductory Reports to the Several Codes Embraced in the System of Penal Law. Philadelphia: James Kay, Jun. & Brother, . v, 745 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Later tan cloth, red and black lettering pieces to spine, endpapers renewed. Some soiling, light shelfwear, some rubbing to lettering pieces, a few partial cracks to text block. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, small library stamp to title page, a few library markings to its verso. $500. * First edition of the complete code, one of two printings issued in 1833. (The other has the date on the title page.) A comprehensive system of criminal law which, while not adopted in the United States, is still influential today because it is the first complete penal code built on Jeremy Bentham's principles of codification. First published in 1828, Hicks marvels at the scope and clear organization of this code and notes that Bentham, Hugo, Lafayette, Story, Marshall, Madison, Kent and Jefferson considered it "the most comprehensive and enlightened system of criminal law that has ever been presented to the world." A notably humane code, it is important for its advocacy of prevention rather than punishment. Livingston was a senator from Louisiana and later a member of Andrew Jackson's cabinet. Hicks, Men and Books Famous in the Law 180. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 10348.
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