A COMMENTARY AND REVIEW OF MONTESQUIEU'S SPIRIT OF LAWS. PREPARED FOR PRESS FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT, IN THE HANDS OF THE PUBLISHER....

Philadelphia: Printed by William Duane, 1811. viii,292pp. Original drab boards, paper backstrip, manuscript spine title. A few chips to edges and spine, corners worn, minor soiling. Some toning and foxing to text, soft tideline to top corner of first several leaves. About very good. Untrimmed and wholly unsophisticated. Item #WRCAM55105

This is the first edition, as an edition in French did not appear until 1817. In his preface the author states that he wrote this work, in which he extols the superiority of the republican constitution of America over that of England, during his residence in America and, more important, that he wrote it for Americans, albeit in his native language for lack of sufficient skill in English. It also contains considerable discussion of economic policy. Thomas Jefferson revised the translation of the work from the French, and forwarded it on to the printer, William Duane. COHEN 7817. SABIN 96413. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 22689. SOWERBY, JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY 2327.

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