A Fragment on Government; or a Comment on the Commentaries: Being an Examination of What is ... A Fragment on Government; or a Comment on the Commentaries: Being an Examination of What is ...

A Fragment on Government; or a Comment on the Commentaries: Being an Examination of What is Delivered, On the Subject of Government in General, In the Introduction to Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries: With a Preface, in which is given a Critique on the Work at Large. Second edition, enlarged. London: Wilson and Pickering, 1823.


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Título: A Fragment on Government; or a Comment on ...

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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Scarce second edition of the work in which Bentham first stated the 'fundamental axiom' that 'it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong'. The book was part of a more substantial but unfinished work intended as a general critique of Blackstone, but the larger work didn't appear in print until the twentieth century, when it was published as A Comment on the Commentaries. 'Forty-seven years were in fact to elapse between the first and second editions of "A Fragment on Government". There is little information available as to the production of the edition published in February 1823; but it evidently belongs, with the almost exactly contemporary second edition of "An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation", to a situation in which Bentham's "disciples", notably John Place and Francis Bowring, were urging him to give greater currency to his works at a time when much might be hoped from the influence of his ideas in favour of reform' (Philip Schofield, Introduction to the OUP edition, 2008, xxxii). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Large 8vo, xii, 3, lii, 143 pp., contemporary half calf over marbled boards, lightly rubbed, spine ruled and lettered in gilt (one small scuff), early annotations on endpaper transcribing parts of notices from the Edinburgh Review and Westminster Review, occasional light spots, a very fresh and well-preserved copy with good wide margins. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-13380817146

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