London: Printed for J. Nourse, and P. Vaillant, 1750.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003137
Two volumes. 8vo (190 x 120 mm). viii, , 452, ; , xvi, 483  pp., including woodcut printer's device on titles, woodcut tailpieces, 10 leaves of contents and 23 leaves of general index in vol. I, bound without the final blank in vol. I. Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, spines with gilt-lettered morocco label and raised bands, compartments decorated in blind, brown sprinkled edges (rubbed, some scratches, joints repaired). Text very little browned only, minor paper repair to upper magin of titles, minor foxing to a few scattered leaves only, upper corner of p. 431/2 in vol. II torn with loss of page numbers and a few letters of marginals (expertly repaired). A very good copy. ----
Kress 5057; Goldsmiths' 8571; PMM 197 (for 1st French ed.). RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of one of the most important works on political theory and comparative law of the 18th-century and printed just two years after the first edition 'De l'Esprit des Loix'. The translation was done by Thomas Nugent. "'The Spirit of Laws', owing in the main to the high plane of generalization on which it is written, defies easy classification and for that reason has never enjoyed a great popularity. So, too, its author puzzled his contemporaries, and very diverse opinions were passed on him and his work even by philosophes, whose predecessor Montesquieu was . . . Yet 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" (PMM). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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