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Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Du Contract Social; ou Principes Du Droit Politique
Par J.J. Rousseau, Citoyen de Geneve. A Amsterdam, chez Marc-Michel Rey, 1762. - First 12mo edition, issued only several weeks after the first issue. 12mo, full black 19th century calf, red speckled page edges; spine faded to brown, raised bands. Some light dust soiling to pages edges, minor rubbing, spine faded to brown. Previous ownership writing in pencil to inside front endpapers, as well as a small previous bookseller description affixed to front endpaper, and a few minor stray pencil marks. In this edition, the publisher introduced the original vignette with lady liberty standing (not seated), which Rousseau decided should be removed from the title page. The statement on marriage has also been removed. Approximately only 2500 copies of this issue were printed. The publishing history of the Contract Social is a complicated one. When the press was set up and the first copies already printed, Rousseau received a proof of the title-page which he disliked. He had also decided to tone down his note on marriage where he criticised the monopoly of the Catholic clergy. He therefore instructed his publisher, Rey, to change the title-page and the final section. Printing and the Mind of Man 207. Tchemerzine V 543; see Leigh, Unsolved Problems in the Bibliography of J.-J. Rousseau, Cambridge, 1990. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA
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