"THE MOST CITED POLITICAL THINKER AT THE TIME OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION": FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MONTESQUIEU’S REFLECTIONS ON… THE ROMANS, 1734—"ONE OF HIS TWO GREAT WORKS"
(MONTESQUIEU, Charles Louis de Secondat). Reflections on the Causes… of the Romans. London, 1734.
First edition in English, issued same year as the French first edition, of Montesquieu's Reflections, also known as Considerations—"a striking first formulation of Montesquieu's treatment of politics in free society… a minor masterpiece"—foreshadowing themes of Spirit of the Laws (1748), a signal influence on Gibbon, de Tocqueville and James Madison, in contemporary calf boards. $6800.