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
by De Lolme, Jean Louis
London, 1775. ,vii,448pp. Contemporary calf, generously gilt, leather label. Corners bumped, head and foot of spine chipped, hinges cracked. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Contemporary ownership inscription on front fly leaf. Very minor scattered foxing, but generally quite clean and fresh internally. Very good. In a cloth folder, leather label. The dedication copy, on large paper, bearing the ownership signature of "A. Bertie" on the front free endpaper. De Lolme dedicated his book to Willoughby Bertie, the Earl of Abingdon who, from his seat in the House of Lords, was a vocal critic of the North Administration's American policies. First English edition. An important work on the British Constitution and system of government written by Swiss- born Jean Louis De Lolme, first published in French in 1771. De Lolme became involved in local politics in Geneva, which sparked a lifelong interest in politics and governance. "De Lolme now began a lifetime's study of the British government. His interest in this subject was stimulated, he later claimed, by the peculiarity of the system and by his earlier political experiences, which had given him 'insight into the first real principles of governments.' His views were heavily influenced by Montesquieu, whose writing he had encountered in Geneva. In 1769 he began work on a major study of the British constitution that aimed to show the benefits of a balanced constitution, and claimed to have identified in British government the practical means by which freedom could be reconciled with political stability. He praised the jury system in particular, and admired the way in which monarchical authority had been effectively and beneficially limited by the settlement of 1688" - DNB. His work was very successful and went through many editions. ESTC T109935.
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