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BENTHAM, Jeremy BENTHAM, Jeremy. CHURCh-OF-ENGLANDISM AND ITS CATECHISM EXAMINED: preceded by strictures on the exclusionary system, as pursued in the national society's schools interspersed with parallel views of the English and Scottish established and non-established churches: and concluding with remidies proposed for abuses indicated: and an examination of the parliamentary system of church reform lately pursued, and still pursuing: including the proposed new churches. London: Printed, 1817: Published, 1818: by Effingham Wilson. A presentation copy, Inscribed on the verso of the half-title page, from Bentham to his French-language translator, Etienne Dumont, anglicizing his name: "To Stephen Dumont; | the parting gift of | Jeremy Bentham" Two volumes bound in one: xlii,[iii-v]-lv, [i], 248, 456 pp., + [2] pp.adv. Octavo, contemporary dun paper boards recently rebacked with green cloth, with a recent paper label tipped onto spine. Minor edgewear to boards, lacks final free endpaper, The front flyleef and first few pages are detached. Scattered light foxing throughout. Pp. xxvi (2) and 3 have small pencil notations in margins (nothing substantive). Jeremy Benthem (English, 1748-1832), an influential philosopher, jurist, and reformer, devoted his life to the reform of legislation. He maintained the theory that "utility is the test and measure of virtue," - that the happiness of the greatest number should be the object of legislation. Pierre-Etienne-Louis [Etienne] Dumont (Swiss, 1759-1829), is best known as the editor and promoter of the work of Jeremy Bentham, They met in 1788, when Dumont had a position n in the household of former prime minister William Petty, now first marquess of Lansdowne. Dumont began to translate into French material written by Jeremy Bentham in 1789: this comprised extracts from Bentham's proposals for the reorganization of the French judicial system, and was published in the Courier de Provence in the spring of 1790, followed a year later by a French abstract of Bentham's panopticon proposal which he sent to Paris in the hope that it might influence government reforms of the French prison system. During his residence in England, till 1815, Dumont produced his 'extraits or abstracts' of Jeremy Bentham's publications. The first and most celebrated was the Traite.


Chinese Woodcuts, Peking Jung Pao Chai] [Chinese Woodcuts, Peking Jung Pao Chai] SHIH CHU CHAI CHIEN P'U Fei An T'i. Peking: Peking Jung Pao Chai,[with the 1952 preface] Set of four volumes (each 31 x 21.3 cm) of the TEN BAMBOO HALL POETRY PAPERS. The TEN BAMBOO HALL POETRY PAPERS, of course, date back to the late Ming period in the 17th century and is one of the earliest classics of color woodblock printing in the world. It was conceived and created by the same artist, Hu Cheng-yen, who was responsible for the 16 fascicle TEN BAMBOO HALL PAINTING MANUAL. Each of the four volumes of this facsimile edition is string-bound Chinese style with paper labels. The hundreds (267) of color woodcuts are well printed works of the Peking Jung Pao Chai, the finest color printer in China in the 20th century. In the 1972 edition of his book, CHINESE POETRY PAPER BY THE MASTER OF THE TEN BAMBOO HALL, Jan Tschichold calls the Jung Pao Chai 1952 facsimile edition (this edition), the first post-Revolution issue of this book, the finest issue and one of the most extraordinary jobs of color printing in the 20th century. That being said, it is a reprint of the original edition, which appeared in the 1930s, printed on vintage papers from the collection of the famous author, Lu Hsun. That edition is virtually unobtainable and even early post-War copies like this one are quite scarce, as well. A remarkable and lovely work very skillfully printed in gauffrage and colors. The original brocade-covered clasped wraparound box is present and near perfect, the books themselves are about fine.