1822. Item #90304
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., +  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.