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De l'esprit des loix
Second edition in the order of publications. Parisian counterfeit published in January 1749 (it would have been printed by Prault), The original, a rarity badge, dating, she, October 1748. This counterfeit is distinguished by a few points: it reproduces the same mistakes pagination in the preface only in the first edition. The address has only one R in Barillot. There must be a sheet of errata at the end of Volume I, a detail that attests to the first issue of this second edition. Although rare, this counterfeit is much more easily than the first edition of 1748 which was mainly sold in England.Binders of the time in full brown sheepskin, back with five nerves adorned with boxes and gilded florets, pieces of red morocco title, triple cold nets framing boards, golden wheels on the cuts, all red slices. Three headdresses and several cleverly restored corners.Iconic book and lighthouse of the eighteenth century, The spirit of laws, ie the principles and trends by which laws are made, will have a determining influence on political life, and will be a guide for the drafting of the constitution of 1791 and that of the United States. The general thesis of Montesquieu (1689-1755) is that laws are not only a creation of men - the spirit of laws is "the various relations of laws with various things" - but that the causes which they are numerous; there are therefore physical causes (climate), moral causes (religion, morals ...); moreover, a primitive justice is at the origin of the laws; so there is a spirit of laws. But the book is not only a treatise of the spirit which animates the laws, it is before all a treaty of the governments and especially, of the freedom. Although the book was widely read, it was received with a certain coldness (by the philosophers, who did not recognize in Montesquieu one of theirs and reproached him for his conservatism) and many critics (on the part of the ecclesiastics). Ex-libris manuscript: Madame de Dumesnil. Barillot, & fils [Durand] A Genève [Paris] s.d. (1749) in-4 (19x25cm) (8) XXIV, 522pp. (1) et (4) XVI, 564pp. 2 volumes reliés (18,8x25,1cm)
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