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    The First Collected Edition of Inigo Jones' Study of Stonehenge

    Inigo Jones, Walter Charleton, and John Webb. The Most Notable Antiquity of Great Britain, Vulgarly called Stone-Henge, On Salisbury Plain, Restored... To which are added, The Chorea Gigantum, Or Stone-Henge Restored to the Danes, By Doctor Walter Charleton; And Mr. Webb's Vindication of Stone-Heng restored, In Answer to Dr. Charleton's Refections... London: James Bettenham for D. Browne Junior, J. Woodman, & D. Lyon, 1725. First Collected Edition (second editions of each work). Three parts in one folio volume (regular paper issue). [a]2, b2, [A]2-T2; ¹1, (2)A-O2; 2¹1, (3)A-3O2, 3P3 [Lacks 3P4 ads]. [12], 3-72, [10], 48, [6], 228, [13], [1] pages. Title-page in red and black, portrait of Jones by Wenceslaus Hollar [Pennington 1428, second state] after Anthony van Dyke, four folding views after John Hassell by Elisha Kirkall (new to this edition), seven views (four double-page or folding); second part: engraved portrait of Charleton by Pierre Lombart; third part: one engraved plate on inserted leaf, ten text engravings. Complete. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in the nineteenth century, spine banded, gilt rules, titles in gilt on leather labels, chipped at spine ends, some leather wear with a piece missing from rear board, edges speckled red, some minor worming, archivally repaired fold-tears in "North-West Prospect" (small piece from blank margin), burn hole in N1 (text affected), paper crease flaw in last index leaf, a few edge tears; paper in very good condition aside from a few minor stains. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "In many ways one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century... It took four years to write, and when it was finished almost all his friends advised him not to publish it. Montesquieu paid no attention and it was printed in Geneva in the autumn of 1748... It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic.... the scheme that emerges of a liberal benevolent monarchy limited by safeguards on individual liberty was to prove immensely influential... his 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).

    The first appearance of the Loix was quickly followed by a Parisian unauthorized reprint which looked like the original except that the printer's name lacks an "r" in the imprint and in this first state, there is an errata at the end.

    Tchemerzine VIII, 460. Printing and the Mind of Man 197 [original edition]. Kress 4920. Goldsmith 8375. Brunet III, 1859. Le Petit 496-497. Claudin-Rochebilliere 797.

    Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat, baron de. De L'Espirit Des Loix Ou Du Rapport Que Les Loix Doivent Avoir Avec La Constitution De Chaque Gouvernement, Les Moeurs, Le Climat, La Religion, Ler Commerce, &c...Des recherches nouvelles sur les Loix Romaines touchant les Successions, sur les Loix Fran?oises, & sur les Loix FŽodales. Geneva: [Paris] Bar[r]illot & Fils, [Prault] [1748]. 4to. 2 vols. 250 x 185mm. 4,a-c4,A-3T4,3V2 (3V2 blank); ¹2, a-b4, A-4A4, 4B2. [8],xxiv,522;[2],xvi,564p. Contemp. French mottled calf, spines extra-gilt, banded , titles on red and green morocco label, minor chipping at heads, marbled endpapers, bookplate of Congregation of Notre Dame, Maison de Oiseaux; minor foxing and stains [a2-b2 vol streaks], a very good copy. Printer's devices on t.p. Second "pirated" edition, first issue. "In many ways one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century... It took four years to write, and when it was finished almost all his friends advised him not to publish it. Montesquieu paid no attention and it was printed in Geneva in the autumn of 1748. It 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 taxation and so on. The third deals with national character and the effect on it of climate; a subject of peculiar originality and one of the most discussed at the time. The fourth and fifth deal with economic matters and religion; the last is an appendix on law-- Roman, feudal and modern French. The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval in 1748. It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic.... the scheme that emerges of a liberal benevolent monarchy limited by safeguards on individual liberty was to prove immensely influential... his 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]
    The first appearance of the Loix was quickly followed by a Parisian unauthorized reprint which looked like the original except that the printer's name lacks a "r" in the imprint and in this first state, there is an errata at the end. Tchemerzine VIII,460. Printing and the Mind of Man 197 [original edition]. Kress 4920. Goldsmith's 8375. Brunet III,1859. Le Petit 496/7. Claudin-Rochebilliere 797. Law. Philosophy. Feudalism. Economics. PMM. Sociology. Science. France.Political Science. Govenment.



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