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(LAW.) Livingston, Edward. A System of Penal Law for the United States of America. x, , 142, 187, 51, 45, , 21 pages. Folio, modern cloth; fore-edge and extreme outer margin of about fifty leaves significantly darkened, light toning, two inconspicuous inked stamps. Washington, 1828
Livingston was the leading proponent of legislative codes, as distinct from judge-made common law, and one of the great legal reformers of the 19th century. He had a remarkable career--in New York, Washington, and New Orleans--as a lawyer, politician, and diplomat. Though this code was not adopted, his influence was far-reaching. His work emphasized rehabilitation and prevention rather than revenge and punishment; Livingston is deemed among the finest writers on American jurisprudence. Cohen 1031.
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