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View of the English Constitution - CONSTITUTION MONTESQUIEU Charles Louis - 1781. 
1781 - MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de Secondat. A View of the English Constitution. London: Sold by B. White, 1781. Slim octavo, period-style half polished brown calf, red morocco spine label, marbled boards, later endpapers; pp. 74. $1650.First edition of the first separate publication in English of Montesquieu's pivotal chapter on the separation of powers from his Spirit of the Laws"""by far the most discussed section of that work"""the influential Masères translation, handsomely bound in period-style calf.Newly independent and faced with forging a federal constitution, Americans "traced their understanding of the concept of the separation of powers to the French philosopher Baron de Montesquieu" (Meyerson, 178). In A View of the English Constitution, the first separate publication in English of Book XI, Chapter VI from De l'Esprit des lois (Spirit of the Laws), Montesquieu's "theory of separate powers is famously". elaborated in a discussion of the constitution of England". by far the most discussed section of that work" (Krause, Review of Politics). Here he "made his own distinctive combination of". the separation of powers, mixed government, balanced constitution, and checks and balances". It was the great and lasting innovation for Montesquieu to isolate and place" judicial power on the same analytic level as legislative and executive power, and craft a "trinity of governmental functions, as divided into legislative, executive and judicial" (Richter, Political Theory of Montesquieu, 90-1). Spirit of the Laws is "one of the most remarkable works of the 18th century" (PMM 197), a classic that achieved "a most important and far reaching influence on the thinking of the framers of the United States Constitution" (Sowerby III:2325). Spirit of the Laws first published in France in 1748 and in English two years later with a translation by Nugent. This influential View of the English Constitution with a translation by distinguished jurist, historian and statesman Baron Francis Masères. CBEL II:800. Goldsmith 12235. See Kress 5057; Allibone, 1234, 1444; Hazlitt, 121-2. Text fresh and clean with only small closed tear (C3), minor pinhole (E3), barely affecting text. A highly desirable about-fine copy of this seminal constitutional work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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