The Spirit of Laws. In two volumes. Translated from the French of M. De Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. London, S. Crowder &c., 1773.
Tenth Edition. 8vo, 2 volumes, I: pp. [xxiv], 381, ; II: pp. [xxiv], 427, , occasional slight browning, traces of binding adhesive to first and last few leaves, bound in contemporary polished calf, raised bands, gilt-lettered morocco label, spine and joints a little cracked, corners bumped.
The tenth edition of this English translation of this ground-breaking work on political theory and comparative law, by one of the greatest minds of French Enlightenment, the judge and philosopher Montesquieu. After discussing the traditional three kinds of government, he analyses the separation of government powers and ways in which civil and criminal law should be applied in order to preserve personal freedom (e.g., the right to a fair trial).