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[MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de (1689-1755)]. De l'Esprit les Loix. Geneva: Barrillot & fils, [1748].

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[MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de (1689-1755)]. De l'Esprit les Loix. Geneva: Barrillot & fils, [1748].

2 volumes, 4° (230 x 175mm). Half-titles, final errata leaf in each volume. Collation ends at 4B3 in vol.II, ?without final blank. Woodcut device on title, woodcut endpieces. (Some browning, occasionally heavy.) Contemporary mottled sheep, spines gilt, citron morocco lettering-pieces (rubbed). Provenance: J.B. Rissold (inscriptions); B.Grouner (inscriptions dated 1770); Albert Friedrich May (bookplate); George Goyder (armorial bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF A HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL WORK. Montesquieu's 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 197; cf. Kress 4920 (2nd edition). (2)
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