De L'Esprit des Loix. Ou Du Rapport Que Les Loix Doivent Avoir Avec La Constitution De Chaque Gouvernement, Les Moeurs, Le Climat, La Religion, Le Commerce

Price: 950.00 USD

Amsterdam: Zacharie Chatelain, 1749. Three volumes in one. Separate title pages for each volume. xxiv + 356pp., xvi + 358pp., xii + 383pp., thick 8vo, full leather gilt-decorated spine; scattered light foxing and browning, some minor chipping at spine ends, cover rubbed. Amsterdam: Chez Zacharie Chatelain, 1749. Nouvelle Edition. A very good copy. "In many ways one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century... It took four years to write, and when it was finished almost all his friends advised him not to publish it. Montesquieu paid no attention and it was printed in Geneva in the autumn of 1748... The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval in 1748. It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic... 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." very good.


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