Geneva. Chez Barrillot et Fils. 1750. Nouvelle Edition. Illustrated with the scarce folding map of the world - Carte pour Intelligence. 3 Volumes complete. 12mo. ( 6.5" x 4.0" ) Bound in full period calfskin. Gilt ruled spine compartments with gilt tooled fleural motifs. Raised bands. Gilt titles. Marbled endsheets.
One of the most remarkable works of the 18th century. First published in Geneva in 1748, De 'Esprit des Loix ( The spirit of Law ) consists of six main sections, the first dealing with law in general and different forms of government, and the second with the means of government, military matters, taxtion and so on. The third deals with national character and the effect on it of climate. The fourth and fifth deal with economic matters and religion; the last is an appendix on law- Roman, feudal and modern French. The scheme that emerges of a liberal benevolent monarchy limited by safegards on individual iberty was to prove immensely influential. Montesquieu's theories ( as set forth in this work ) 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. - Printing and the Mind of Man 197.
Covers rubbed. Most corners worn through. Hinges a bit tender but firm. Head and tailpieces chipped with several small portions lacking. Mild occassional foxing and offset. Minor half inch tear to map along horizontal fold at gutter. A Very Good, crisp and remarkably well preserved early printing. Featured History.