Observations sur les Romains, by MABLY, Gabriel Bonnot de, abbé…

MABLY, Gabriel Bonnot de, abbé de (1709-1785).

Observations sur les Romains, par M. l’Abbé de Mably, Seconde Edition, Revue & Corrigée. Geneva, la compagnie des Libraires, 1767.

Second Edition. 12mo (165 x 85 mm), pp. [viii], [4], 426, [2], a few leaves slightly toned, in contemporary marbled calf, raised bands, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, marbled endpapers and edges, covers a bit rubbed at lower joints, extremities occasionally rubbed or bumped, with a few later pencilled marginal annotations and the pencilled ownership inscription of William Sandys dated 1906 on the front free endpaper.

A good copy of the second, revised and corrected edition of this fascinating work on the ancient Romans, first published in 1751. Gabriel Bonnot de Mably (1709-85) was a French historian and philosopher, brother to Condillac. He was acquainted with Rousseau, who worked as tutor to his brother Jean’s sons for a short period. Mably based much of his economic and political belief on his detailed studies of classical civilisation. Following a similar work on the Greeks published the previous year, Observations sur les romains mixes ancient history with reflections on government, empires, despotism and military strategy.

Cioranescu 41169.

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