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Lot 33: Bentham (Jeremy, philosopher, jurist and reformer,

Antiquarian Books

by Bloomsbury Auctions

December 14, 2012

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Bentham (Jeremy, philosopher, jurist and reformer, 1748-1832) [Synopsis of Chapter Seven of his work "States of Mind with respect to delinquency" of his projected but unfinished work "Penal Code"], autograph manuscript, 1p., headed: "watermarked 1824, ruled in red, slightly browned, housed in a custom made morocco-backed cloth slip-case, folio, 11th July 1826. Contains the essence of Bentham's projected chapter on "States of Mind" intended for the Penal Code section of the Pannomium, the keystone of Bentham's project for comprehensive code-making (he invented the term "codification") which he believed should be enacted as the law, representing the will of the sovereign power, and that it should be consistently aimed at promoting the public interest or happiness. Indispensable to this was that every provision should be accompanied by a short rationale in which its purpose and justification were explicitly stated and thereby made intelligible to all. ***Bentham's penal code..

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