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    Bibliothèque littéraire d'un amateur parisien

    25 June 2009, Paris

  • Lot 52

    ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778). Du Contract social ou Principe du droit politique. Amsterdam: Marc Michel Rey, 1762.

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    ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778). Du Contract social ou Principe du droit politique. Amsterdam: Marc Michel Rey, 1762.

    In-8 (198 x 120 mm). Titre orné d'une vignette représentant la Justice gravée par Boily d'après B. Bolomey. (Très rares piqûres.) Cartonnage de l'époque, dos lisse, tranches rouges (petites usures et accidents au dos avec manques), emboîtage moderne de toile verte.

    ÉDITION ORIGINALE. EXEMPLAIRE SUR GRAND PAPIER avec le titre de type "A" et les quatre nouvelles pages (pp. 321-[324]) réimprimées après la suppression de la longue note sur le mariage.

    "The Contrat social remains Rousseau's greatest work. With no particular learning, no gift for logic, and a total lack of practical experience, he yet contrived to write a work of compelling eloquence. [...] In the Age of Reason he advocated the greater force of intuition: against artificial refinement, he urged a return to the natural state. [...] His fundamental thesis that government depends absolutely on the mandate of the people, and his genuine creative insight into a number of political and economic problems, give his work an indisputable cogency. It had the most profound influence on the political thinking of the generation following its publication. It was, after all, the first great Emotional plea for the equality of all men in the state" (PMM 207).

    TRÈS SÉDUISANT EXEMPLAIRE EN CARTONNAGE DE L'ÉPOQUE ET D'UNE GRANDE FRAÎCHEUR. Dufour 132.


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    Post Lot Text

    First edition of Rousseau's masterpiece. Very rare condition, contemporary boards, unwashed.