Rare 1845 Essay Condemning Capital Punishment Burleigh, Charles C. [1810-1878]. Thoughts on the Death Penalty. Philadelphia: Printed by Merrihew and Thompson, 1845. 144 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper library shelf label to spine, endpapers renewed. Light soiling, front joint just starting at head, front hinge partially cracked. Moderate toning to text, light soiling and faint embossed stamp to title page, a few library markings to verso. $950. * First edition. A philosophical and religious argument against capital punishment. Its author was an ardent abolitionist and social reformer. A second edition was published in 1847. Both editions are rare. OCLC locates 2 copies of the first edition, 2 in North America (Duke University, University of Waterloo). OCLC locates no copies of either edition in law libraries. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3796.
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