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Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de
The Spirit of Laws [With an "Account of the Author's Life and Writings" extracted from "Eloge de M. de Montesquieu" by M. de Maupertuis]
Worcester: Printed by Isaiah Thomas, Jun. sold by him and by Mathew Carey, Philadelphia; also by the various Booksellers throughout the United States, 1802. First American edition. The first edition was published in 1748. The first translation into English was by Thomas Nugent in 1750 (1752 according to the DNB) which went through several editions. It may be this translation in the American edition. 8vo. Two volumes bound as one. Contemporary calf. Rebacked, new endpapers, hole in upper margin of title and adjacent leaves, tear on final leaf affecting a few letters, browning and offsetting. In a leather tipped brown cloth open end case. First American edition. The first edition was published in 1748. The first translation into English was by Thomas Nugent in 1750 (1752 according to the DNB) which went through several editions. It may be this translation in the American edition. 8vo. In thirty-one books Montesquieu treats the historical origins and principles of laws. The books fall into six sections, the first dealing with forms of government and law in general (eight books); the second with taxation and military arrangements (five books); the third, with manners and customs and their "dependence on climatic conditions" (six books); the fourth with economic matters (four books); the fifth consisting of three books relates to religion; and the last five books (sixth section) with Roman, French and feudal law. This work is "an assemblage of the most fertile, original and inspiriting views on legal and political subjects, put in language of singular suggestiveness and vigour, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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