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Rousseau, Jean Jacques [1712 - 1778].
An INQUIRY Into The NATURE Of The SOCIAL CONTRACT; or Principles of Political Right.; Translated from the French of John James Rousseau.
London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1791. 1st edition thus, i.e., by this publisher, and one of 3 editions issued in 1791. Cf. PMM 207, for the 1762 first edition. [8], 387, [1 (blank)] pp. 8vo. 7" x 4-1/4". Later tan half-calf binding with pale green cloth boards. Blue speckled edges. Spine sunned, a few spots otherwise VG+. Item #45436 "The Social Contract, originally published in 1762 as On the Social Contract; or, Principles of Political Rights (French: Du Contrat Social; ou Principes du Droit Politique) ... in which Rousseau theorized about the best way to establish a political community in the face of the problems of commercial society, which he had already identified in his Discourse on Inequality [1754]. The Social Contract helped inspire political reforms or revolutions in Europe, especially in France. The Social Contract argued against the idea that monarchs were divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, who are sovereign, have that all-powerful right." [Wiki]. Per PMM, "'Contrat Social' remains Rouseeau's greatest work. ... a work of compelling eloquence. ... [and] indisuputable cogency.". [Attributes: First Edition]
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