A masterpiece of Montesquieu's political theory, whose principles formed the ideological basis of the French and American revolutions and which were the cornerstone of the Constitution of the United States.
Montesquieu argued that culture cannot be separated from the climate and geography of individual states, which means that there is no single best institution or set of laws; the best institutions are those that are tailored to the people they serve and the best laws to the people they govern.
He also argued for the division of government and the need for checks and balances to guarantee the rights of individuals.
De l'esprit des loix foreshadowed the work of the philosophers, although they generally did not acknowledge it. This was probably due to Voltaire's hostility, although even this man of great intelligence was eventually forced to publicly praise Montesquieu's book -
Montesquieu - De L'Esprit des Lois - 1803 - Tome 2, 3 & 4 - (Manque le T 1 & 5)
290 + 246 + 264 pages
Bindings in good condition, volumes in their original full brown leather, covers and spine in good condition, rubbing from use, rubbed corners, headcap and tailcap, adorned spine, gilded titling and volume number on a morocco label -
Inside in good condition, light soiling -
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- Number of Books
- Law, Politics, Reference works, Science (general)
- Author/ Illustrator
- Book Title
- De L'Esprit Des Lois
- Publication year oldest item
- Original language
- Pierre Didot, Firmin Didot
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 14×9 cm