Executions and the Causes of Crime Mandeville, B[ernard] [1670-1733]. An Enquiry Into the Causes of the Frequent Executions at Tyburn: And A Proposal for Some Regulations Concerning Felons in Prison, And the Good Effects to be Expected from Them. To which is Added, A Discourse on Transportation, And a Method to Render that Punishment More Effectual. London: Printed and Sold by J. Roberts, 1725. [xvi], 55,  pp. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing, finger smudges and minor tears to a few leaves, some soiling to half-title, which has an early label (reading "Pag. 5 No. 19"), and verso of final leaf. $1,500. * Only edition. Mandeville's vivid account of the wretched state of public executions in England and the causes of crime introduced several themes that would be explored further by Henry Fielding, Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson. Mandeville was an Anglo-Dutch social philosopher, political economist and satirist. His most important work, and the source of his fame, is The Fable of the Bees (1714), an allegorical study of social behavior. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Library of Congress, University of Iowa, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue T61379.
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