Admired by Benjamin Franklin Filangieri, Gaetano [1752-1788]. Kendall, William, Translator. The Science of Legislation. Translated from the Italian of the Chevalier Filangieri. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson; And Exeter: R. Trewman and Son, . viii, 210 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Nineteenth-century pebbled cloth, gilt-stamped library name to front board and foot of spine, gilt library insignia to rear board. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints cracked, corners bumped, front hinge partially cracked, library bookplate and small shelf label to front pastedown. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampstaining to margins, light edgewear to preliminaries, small library stamps to title page, p.1 and p.183. An uncommon title. $750. * Only edition in English, one of two issues, the other dated 1791. Filangieri was an internationally famous Italian jurist and philosopher. One of his admirers was Benjamin Franklin, who corresponded with him from 1780 to 1788. First published in 1780, La Scienza della Legislazione attacked abuses of the legislative process and offered an exposition of how legislation should proceed. It went through several editions in Italy. The date of the English translation is based on the date at the end of the Advertisement. The other Robinson issue has identical pagination and an Advertisment dated 1791. OCLC locates 2 copies (University of Minnesota, Cambridge), both dated 1792; the ESTC adds 3 more, without specifying the date (Harvard, Library Company of Philadelphia, Oxford). English Short-Title Catalogue N21110.
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