An Ideal Form of Government Linguet, Simon Nicolas Henri [1736-1794]. Theorie des Loix Civiles, Ou, Principes Fondamentaux de la Societe. "A Londres" (i.e. Paris): S.n., 1767. Two volumes [iv], 496; [iv], 528 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary mottled calf, red and green lettering pieces and gilt ornaments to spine, edges rouged, marbled endpapers, ribbon markers. Light rubbing and a few tiny scuffs to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to spine and extremities, corners bumped. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves in each volume, tiny inkspot to title page of Volume II. An attractive set. $850. * From the same year as the first edition with corrections. Linguet was a conservative lawyer and journalist who was executed during the Reign of Terror. Theorie des Loix Civiles, perhaps the author's most important work, went through several editions and issues, the last in 1787. It outlines an ideal form of government and proposes reforms in taxation, customs and the law. It also defends absolutism and attacks the politics of Montesquieu. Volume I contains extensive discussion of divorce and the position of women in society. Catalogue of the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature 10377.
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