1829 Synthesis of "the Whole Science of Law" Thomas, J[ohn] P[enford]. A Treatise of Universal Jurisprudence. London: Sweet, 1829. xxxviii, 447,  pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary three-quarter morocco over pebbled cloth, gilt library name to front board, gilt library insignia to rear, raised bands, gilt title, insignia and library name to spine, marbled endpapers. Negligible light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, library bookplate and small shelf label and small binder ticket to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, small library stamps to title page and a few other leaves. $250. * Second and final edition, revised and enlarged. Reflecting the spirit of legal codification epitomized by the work of Jeremy Bentham, this fascinating study, first published in 1828, is the fruit of the author's effort "to condense the whole science of law into a small volume, and in a popular form" (ix). Thomas's effort to synthesize continental law, common law, canon law, Roman law and their theological and philosophical roots is fascinating, as is his treatment of individual topics like slavery, imperialism and the rights of women. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:356.
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