The Spirit of Laws

Translated from the French by Thomas Nugent: Cincinnati, (OH), Robert Clarke. 1886. New edition, carefully revised and compared with the best Paris edition, to which are prefixed a memoir of the life and writings of the author and an analysis of the work by M. D'Alembert. 8vo. 2 volumes: xlvii, 381; xii, 455 pp. 8-page publisher's catalogue of related works at rear of volume two. A reprint of the Clarke edition which was first published in 1873. Cf. Printing and the Mind of Man 197 (for the 1748 first edition): "The scheme that emerges of a liberal benevolent monarchy limited by safeguards on individual liberty was to prove immensely influential ... his theories underlay the thinking which led up to the American and French revolutions and the United States Constitution in particular is a lasting tribute to the principles he advocated." Text somewhat browned, front hinge of volume one showing wear, else a very good copy. Original green cloth (rubbed), gilt spine titles, floral endpapers. (#5246). Item #58257

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