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1767 - ROUSSEAU, J.J. The Miscellaneous Works of Mr. J.J. Rousseau. London: T. Becket and P.A. DeHondt, 1767. Five volumes. 12mo, contemporary full brown calf gilt, raised bands, brown morocco spine labels. Housed together in a custom slipcase. $4800.First collected edition in English of Rousseau's major writings, prominently featuring the first edition in English of his Dissertation on Political Economy, assembled together with very early editions in English of his Treatise on the Social Compact"""Rousseau's greatest work" (PMM)""and of his Second Discourse, along with other key writings, handsomely bound in contemporary calf.Rousseau's influential writings reveal "a striking, if often elusive, combination of idealistic and realistic elements which constantly seemed to open up the possibility of a better world" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy). This scarce 1767 edition of his Works prominently features the first collected appearance in English of his 1762 Treatise on the Social Compact, which "remains Rousseau's greatest work". a crucial document of egalitarian government" (PMM 207). Also included is his preeminent 1754 Second Discourse on "The Origin and Foundation of the Inequality of Mankind," a work that "made him immortal" (Gourevitch, xv), and his 1755 Dissertation on Political Economy, which "tackles one major subject barely mentioned in the Social Compact, that of taxation, and has much to say on patriotism" (Christopher Betts). Also contains numerous essays, important dramatic works and selected correspondence. First collected edition in English and second overall of Rousseau's Treatise on the Social Compact, preceded only by the 1764 separate printing; first edition in English of his Dissertation on Political Economy; first collected edition in English, third overall, of his Second Discourse, preceded by printings in 1761 and 1762; with his Dissertation on the Effects of Cultivating the Arts and Sciences (Vol. I) first appearing in English in 1752 under a different title. Anonymously translated. Lowndes, 2134. Mahaffey, 121. CBEL II:798. See Goldsmith 9064, 9727, 9947. Palgrave III:427-28. Armorial bookplates. Old bibliographic notations.Scattered light foxing. Minor loss to lower corner of leaf I5, Volume III, slightly touching text. Uniform toning to spines, spine ends lightly worn. A handsome set in excellent condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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