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[BURLAMAQUI, Jean Jacques].  Principes du Droit Politique. Amsterdam: Zacharie Chatelain. 1751. Two volumes: [ii], 303 [5]; [ii], 220 [4] pp; minor worming to top inner gutter of first few leaves in volume 1; uncut; contents clean and fresh. Bound in original Dutch paper-covered boards with floral pattern, rubbed at edges, backstrips deficient, but generally attractive. First edition.

[56253] £700

One of the two chief works of Jean Jacques Burlamaqui (1694-1748), the other being "Principes du droit naturel" (1747). Burlamaqui attempted to demonstrate the reality of natural law by tracing its origin in God's rule and in human reason and moral instinct; he believed that both international and domestic law were based on natural law.


BURLAMAQUI, J.J.  The Principles of Natural Law. In which true Systems of Morality and Civil Government are established; and the different sentiments of Grotius, Hobbes, Puffendorf, Barbeyrac, Locke, Clark, and Hutchinson, occasionally considered. Translated into English by Mr. [Thomas] Nugent. London: printed for J. Nourse. 1752. xvi, [xxiv], 312 pp; some damp staining to outer margins of preliminary leaves, a few gathers embrowned. Contemporary speckled calf with damp stain to upper board, rebacked, contrasting morocco label. With manuscript note to front pastedown "Robert Bliss's Circulating Library Oxford."

[55963] £320

First published in 1748. "It was characteristic of most post-Reformation thought to abandon a teleologicalmetaphysic, and in the juristic writings of Hugo Grotius, Samuel von Pufendorf, and Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, natural-law theory was correspondingly reformulated. The nature or essence of man was now identified 'tout court' with the posession of reason, and natural law was held to be whatever is found acceptable by 'recta ratio' or 'sana ratio'. At this stage the logical and epistemological aspects of the theory come totally together - natural law was what reason discovers, and natural law was discovered by reason." Richard Wollheim in "The Encyclopedia of Philosophy."


FILANGIERI, Cayetano.  Ciencia de la Legislacion …. Nuevamente traducida por Don Juan Ribera. Segunda edicion, revista y corregida.  Burdeos [Bordeaux]: Don Pedro Beaume. 1823. 12mo, six volumes: clxviii, 166; 316; 364; 380; 357; 360 pp; occasional minor foxing. Contemporary tree calf, gilt decorated spines, rubbed and scuffed in places, vol. 3 chipped at head of spine.  With the bookplate of Jose F. Hevia.

[71858] £350

Filangieri (1752-1788), Italian philosopher and jurist, "was one of the most important writers on economics in the latter years of the [19th] century. He did not … create new systems, or any new theory; he had a considerable acquaintance with the economical studies of his time, but it is strange he knew nothing about Smith, whom he never refers to. However, he followed no leader, standing between the physiocratic and mercantile theories. He was a zealous partisan of free-trade and the single tax, while he believed in the Balance of Trade; so that he may be termed eclectic, but not in the same sense as his fellow-citizen Galiani. Filangieri is a connecting link between Mercantilism and Free Trade; …. In sending his work to the Marquis Tommasi, [he] explains that he owed to Playfair his opinions against establishing a national debt, to meet the extraordinary requirements of the state."  Palgrave.

The first two volumes of 'La Scienza della Legislazione' were published in 1780, with the third and fourth volumes appearing in 1783, and volumes 3-6 published in 1785.

This edition not listed in Goldsmiths'.


GROTIUS SOCIETY Publications  No. 3, 4 and 5: Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli Ac Pacis Libri Tres. Selections translated, with an introduction by W.S.M. Knight / Quakers and Peace, with an introduction and notes by G.W. Knowles / Selections from the second edition of the Abrégé du Projet de Paix Perpétuelle, by C.I. Castel de Saint-Pierre …, Translated by H. Hale Bellot, with an introduction by Paul Collinet.  London: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd. 1922/1927/1927. 84 / 52 / 61 pp; small library stamp to foot of title-pages and front wrapper. Original printed wrappers (No. 5 lacking rear wrapper).

[71033] £90


MIDDLETON, Conyers.  A Treatise on the Roman Senate. In two parts. The First Part contains the substance of several letters, formerly written to the late Lord Hervey, concerning the manner of creating Senators ... The Second Part ... I. Of the power and jurisdiction of the Senate. II. Of the right and manner of convoking it .... London: printed by R. Manby and H.S. Cox. 1747. [iv], 196 pp., bound with   Remarks on Two Pamphlets lately published against Dr. Middleton's Introductory Discourse. The One, intituled, Observations on that Discourse in answer to the Author's Prejudices, &c. The Other, The Jesuit-Cabal farther opened, or a Defence of Dr. Chapman's late Charge .... London: printed for R. Manby and H.S. Cox. 1748.   [iv], xl, 128 pp., bound with   [STEBBING, Henry]. Observations on a Book, [by Conyers Middleton] intituled, An Introductory Discourse to a larger Work, &c. containing an Answer to the Author's Prejudices, that Miraculous Powers were not continued to the Church after the Days of the Apostles. London: printed for C. Davis. 1747.  33[1] pp.  The three works bound together in recent quarter calf with marbled boards, contrasting labels to spine.

[56414] £125


MILLAR, John.  Historical View of the English Government, from the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the Revolution in 1688. To which are subjoined, some Dissertations connected with the history of the Government. In four volumes. London: printed for J. Mawman. 1812. Four volumes: viii, 376; vii[i], 487; vii[i], 496; iv, 375 [48] pp; top corner of each title-page cut away without loss of text; scattered foxing and some light damp staining. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, rubbed.

[55939]  £450

First published in 1787, the third enlarged edition with a further volume of dissertations appearing in 1803, edited by John Craig and James Mylne. This was the first work to describe the constitutional history of Britain. "Millar's approach encompasses theories of human nature, morality and justice derived from Adam Smith. Here Millar approached the history of the British Constitution from the wide perspective of the history of civil society. He did so as a philosophical historian, whose position is reflected, for example, in his treatment of the Ancient Constitution. .... it can be said that his approach to the history of society was basically scientific rather than political ..." Prof. Hideo Tanaka in "Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers".


PUFENDORF, Samuel.  De Officio Hominis et Civis secundum Legem naturalem libri duo, cum Joannis Barbeyracii Notis, & Examine Censurae Leibnitianae, ... Ex Gallico in Latinum sermonem transtulit Sebastianus Masson. Editio tertia, emendata & locupletata a Christoph. Frid. Ayrmanno. Giessen: Jo. Philipp Krieger. 1741. Small 8vo: 17 [3], 478, [13] pp., title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, occasional head- and tail-pieces, circular library stamp to title-page, minor worming to upper margin of last few leaves. Contemporary calf, split at base of rear joint.

[56008]  £250


RIDLEY, Sir Thomas.  A View of the Civile and Ecclesiasticall Law: and wherein the Practice of them is streitned and may be relieved within this Land. Third edition, with severall Annotations by John Gregory M.A. of Christ Church. Oxford: printed by W. Hall for Edw. Forrest. 1664. Small 8vo: [xii], 397 [31] pp., with old manuscript notes to front free endpaper; first and last few leaves browned at edges. Contemporary calf, rebacked, corners repaired, gilt lettering to spine with library number at base of spine.

[55530] £200

First published in 1607. Wing R1455.

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