London: Printed for Payne and Foss, Pall-Mall, 1818. Ex-Library Fourth Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. (8) 206, 70pp. Original three quarter aniline red calf over marbled boards with gilt tooling and lettering on spine. Raised bands. Marbled edges and endpapers. Blue ribbon marker.
Defense of Usury in thirteen letters, including a letter of some 60 pages to Adam Smith on projects in arts. The letters comprise a detailed consideration of the subject, elaborating on reasons for restraint, prevention of prodigality, protection of indigence and simplicity, mischiefs and efficacy of anti-usurious laws, Sir William Blackstone, grounds of the prejudices against usury, compound interest, maintenance and champerty, and the extensive letter to Adam Smith.
This edition contains the third edition of "A Protest Against Law-Taxes, shewing the Peculiar Mischievousness of All Such Impositions as Add to The Expense of Appeal to Justice." Contains notes to the second edition and "Addition by a Learned Friend" at rear.
Binding with light wear along edges, some scuffing at joints of spine and small spot on front cover. Library plate glued to inside front cover. Very light foxing of first and last few pages. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42054
Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) is a British social philosopher, jurist, and considered to be one of the founders of utilitarianism and credited with the reform of English law and judicial procedure. Bentham's legal writings "have had a degree of particular influence upon the legislation of his own and various other countries comparable only to that of Adam Smith and his successors upon commerce (Sir James Stephen in "History of the Criminal law of England," vol. i, London 1883, p. 216).