Charles de Montesquieu - Œuvres - 1765

Charles de Montesquieu - Œuvres - 1765
Literature, Philosophy - Quantity: 6 - Book

A very lovely copy of this rare edition of the complete works by Montesquieu (1689-1755).

Its main originality is to accompany L'Esprit des lois with a warning and philosophical and political remarks by an anonymous philosopher bookseller Elie Luzac (1723-1796). These often copious notes are interesting because they largely undermine Montesquieu's claims. It is also dedicated to H.S.H. William V, Prince of Orange and Nassau, like those published in 1759 and 1761 by Arkstée and Merkus (see Françoise Weil, Batailles d'éditeurs autour des œuvres de Montesquieu 1758-1769 in Revue Montesquieu No. 4).

Edition in 6 volumes, complete of the two large fold-out maps "pour l'intelligence de l'Esprit des Loix".

Period marbled full sheepskin bindings, ribbed spines adorned with a lavish gilded motif in the compartments.

A very lovely copy, leather with some spots of peeling on the covers but nothing serious. Very clean inside, yellowed endpapers and a light angular water stain on the title page of the fifth volume. The set is in very good condition.

Works containing I. Éloge de Montesquieu et Analyse de "l'Esprit des loix", par M. d'Alembert. Discours prononcé par M. de Montesquieu lors de sa réception à l'Académie française. De l'Esprit des loix, I-XI; II-III. De l'Esprit des loix, XII-XXX; IV. De l'Esprit des loix, XXXI. La Défense de "l'Esprit des loix". Remerciements sincères à un homme charitable, attribué à M. de Voltaire. Lysimaque, Table de "l'Esprit des loix"; V. Lettres persanes, augmentées de douze lettres; VI. Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur décadence. Dialogue de Sylla et d'Eucrate. Le Temple de Gnide. L'Essai sur le goût.

Charles de Montesquieu

Œuvres de Monsieur Montesquieu

Published in Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée & Merkus, 1765.

Complete in 6 duodecimo volumes of C - 2 maps - 311, XII - 375, XII - 368, IV - 375, 390, 344 pages.

Lot details
Number of Books
Literature, Philosophy
Author/ Illustrator
Charles de Montesquieu
Book Title
Very good
Publication year oldest item
Original language
Number of pages
16×10 cm
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