Cesare Beccaria

Of Crimes and Punishments

Cesare Bonesana, Marchese Beccaria, 1738-1794

Originally published in Italian in 1764

Dei delitti e delle pene. English: An essay on crimes and punishments. Written by the Marquis Beccaria, of Milan. With a commentary attributed to Monsieur de Voltaire. Philadelphia: Printed and sold by R. Bell, next door to St. Paul's Church, in Third-Street. MDCCLXXVIII. [1778]
Translated from the French by Edward D. Ingraham. Second American edition. Philadelphia (No. 175, Chesnut St.): Published by Philip H. Nicklin: A. Walker, printer, 24, Arch St., 1819.

Introductory Material

  • HTML Biographical Sketch
  • Image Portrait

Table of Contents

  • HTML Text Introduction.
  • HTML Text Chapter 01 Of the Origin of Punishments.
  • HTML Text Chapter 02 Of the right to punish.
  • HTML Text Chapter 03 Consequences of the foregoing Principles.
  • HTML Text Chapter 04 Of the Interpretation of Laws.
  • HTML Text Chapter 05 Of the Obscurity of Laws.
  • HTML Text Chapter 06 Of the Proportion between Crimes and Punishments.
  • HTML Text Chapter 07 Of estimating the Degree of Crimes.
  • HTML Text Chapter 08 Of the Division of Crimes.
  • HTML Text Chapter 09 Of Honour.
  • HTML Text Chapter 10 Of Duelling.
  • HTML Text Chapter 11 Of crimes which disturb the Public Tranquillity.
  • HTML Text Chapter 12 Of the Intent of Punishments.
  • HTML Text Chapter 13 Of the Credibility of Witnesses.
  • HTML Text Chapter 14 Of Evidence and the Proofs of a Crime, and of the Form of Judgment.
  • HTML Text Chapter 15 Of secret Accusations.
  • HTML Text Chapter 16 Of Torture.
  • HTML Text Chapter 17 Of pecuniary Punishments.
  • HTML Text Chapter 18 Of Oaths.
  • HTML Text Chapter 19 Of the Advantage of immediate Punishment.
  • HTML Text Chapter 20 Of Acts of violence.
  • HTML Text Chapter 21 Of the Punishment of the Nobles.
  • HTML Text Chapter 22 Of Robbery.
  • HTML Text Chapter 23 Of Infamy considered as a Punishment.
  • HTML Text Chapter 24 Of Idleness.
  • HTML Text Chapter 25 Of Banishment and Confiscation.
  • HTML Text Chapter 26 Of the Spirit of Family in States.
  • HTML Text Chapter 27 Of the Mildness of Punishments.
  • HTML Text Chapter 28 Of the Punishment of Death.
  • HTML Text Chapter 29 Of imprisonment.
  • HTML Text Chapter 30 Of Prosecution and Prescription.
  • HTML Text Chapter 31 Of Crimes of difficult Proof.
  • HTML Text Chapter 32 Of Suicide.
  • HTML Text Chapter 33 Of Smuggling.
  • HTML Text Chapter 34 Of bankrupts
  • HTML Text Chapter 35 Of Sanctuaries.
  • HTML Text Chapter 36 Of Rewards for apprehending or killing Criminals.
  • HTML Text Chapter 37 Of Attempts, Accomplices, and Pardon.
  • HTML Text Chapter 38 Of suggestive Interrogations.
  • HTML Text Chapter 39 Of a particular Kind of Crimes.
  • HTML Text Chapter 40 Of false Ideas of Utility.
  • HTML Text Chapter 41 Of the Means of preventing Crimes.
  • HTML Text Chapter 42 Of the Sciences.
  • HTML Text Chapter 43 Of Magistrates.
  • HTML Text Chapter 44 Of rewards.
  • HTML Text Chapter 45 Of Education.
  • HTML Text Chapter 46 Of Pardons.
  • HTML Text Chapter 47 Conclusion.
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Jon Roland of the Constitution Society
Original date: 1997/9/3 — 

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