3 December 2010
MONTESQUIEU, Charles Secondat, Baron de. The Spirit of Laws... Translated by Thomas Nugent. London: J. Nourse and P. Vaillant, 1750.
2 volumes, 8o (199 x 123 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, spines with two gilt-lettered red morocco labels; half morocco folding cases.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of one of the most important works of the 18th-century and printed two years after the first edition. "'The Spirit of Law,' 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..." See PMM 197. (2)
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