Beautiful copy of this new "corrected" edition of the translation of the most famous of Jean Louis Delolme's works on the Constitution of England, published in French in Amsterdam in 1771 and translated into English for the first time in 1775.
Adorned with his portrait engraved in frontispiece.
Bound in a luxurious contemporary binding of glazed flamed calfskin, smooth spine adorned with a mosaic morocco label and an elegant decoration of compartments garnished with small gold stamps, beautiful dentelle frame on the boards.
Very good copy, decorative binding despite the torn off headcap and the beginning of small splits at the head and at two joints (see photos). 3 blunt corners. Fresh and clean interior, in the margin of several leaves are pale traces of dampstains that don’t affect the text.
Author: Jean Louis de Lolme
Title: The constitution of England or, an account of the English government; In which it is compared, both with the Republican Form of Government, and the other Monarchies in Europe. By J. L. de Lolme, Advocate, Member of the Council of the Two Hundred in the Republic of Geneva.
Publishing information: London printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row; J. Stockdale, Piccadilly; and Murray and Highley, Fleet-Street 1796, Vol. octavo, 21x14 de (,xvi,522,p
During his protracted exile in England, De Lolme made a careful study of the English constitution, the results of which he published in his Constitution de l'Angleterre (The Constitution of England, Amsterdam, 1771), of which an enlarged and improved edition in English appeared in 1775, and was several times reprinted. The work excited much interest as containing many acute observations on the causes of the excellence of the English constitution as compared with those of other countries.
In the book, de Lolme advocated a constitutional form of government enshrining the principle of balanced government, balancing the one, the few, and the many, or the ideas of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. He criticised the power of the British parliament and coined an expression which became proverbial: "parliament can do everything but make a woman a man and a man a woman". Nonetheless, de Lolme extolled the British government because, in his view, which was influenced by his own observations and study as well as by the previous writings of Voltaire and Montesquieu, the unwritten constitution of the United Kingdom embodied the ideal of balanced government better than any other government of the time. In particular, he praised the element of representative democracy in the constitution, and urged an extension of suffrage. De Lolme developed and refined his political thinking to a large extent in opposition to the more radical theory of direct democracy advocated by his compatriot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whom he accused of being unrealistic. De Lolme is sometimes identified as a probable candidate for being the person behind the pseudonymous political commentator Junius. (Wikipedia)
- Number of Books
- Fine Bindings, Law, Monarchy, Politics
- Author/ Illustrator
- Jean Louis de Lolme
- Book Title
- The constitution of England
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 21×14 cm