An Important Treatise on English Constitution De Lolme, J[ean] L[ouis] [1740-1806]. The Constitution of England, Or an Account of the English Government; In Which it is Compared with the Republican Form of Government, And Occasionally with the Other Monarchies in Europe. A New Edition. London: Sold by G. Kearsley and J. Ridley, 1778. Two volumes bound in one book. iv, 127; [ii], 138 pp. Octavo (6-1/4" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary sprinkled sheep, gilt-edged raised bands to spine. A few light scuffs and worm-tracks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint and hinge just starting at ends. Some toning to text, top-edge of text block affected by trimming with occasional minor loss to head-lines, brief inscription and illegible early owner signature to head of title page. $50. * Later edition. First published in 1771, this highly regarded popular exposition of the English constitution by a Swiss jurist went though several editions well into the nineteenth century. It was the first book-length analysis of the "separation of powers" proposed in Book XI of Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws, which sketched an institutional distinction between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. As one would expect, it was held in high regard by many of the founding fathers. English Short-Title Catalogue N28152.
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