One of Hammond's Proposed Criminal Codes for Great Britain [Hammond, Anthony (1758-1838)]. The Criminal Code. Coining. London; Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1825. xx, 109, 21 pp. Folio (13-1/4" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over plain-paper boards, gilt title and paper shelf label to spine, untrimmed edges. Moderate rubbing with wear to spine ends and corners, boards and preliminaries partially detached. Light toning, light foxing to a few leaves, small library stamp to title page. $500. * Hammond, a barrister and legal reformer, was commissioned by Parliament to propose a code of English criminal law. Between 1823 and 1829 he produced a series of six codes under the general title The Criminal Code. Although the codes weren't adopted, they formed the basis of Peel's Acts, the first substantial reform of English criminal law. In turn, Peel's acts paved the way for the Criminal Law Consolidation Acts 1861. Printed in limited numbers for Parliament and the courts, copies of these codes (or sets) are scarce today. OCLC locates 3 copies of the Coining Code in North American law schools (Harvard, Osgoode Hall, Social Law). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:153.
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