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The Spirit of Laws
ISBN 1584776072 / 9781584776079 / 1-58477-607-2
Publisher The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
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Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de. The Spirit of Laws.
Translated from the French. With Corrections and Additions Communicated by the Author. Dublin: Printed for G. and A. Ewing and G. Faulkner, 1751. 2 Vols. Reprinted 2006 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1-58477-607-9. ISBN-10: 1-58477-607-2. Cloth. $170.
* Reprint of the first Dublin edition which followed the first English edition by one year. One of the landmark works of the eighteenth century, De L'Esprit des Lois had an immeasurable influence on jurisprudence and political thought, especially in America. It contained provocative and wide-ranging ideas on the sociology of law, the separation of political powers and the need for checks on a powerful executive office. First published in Geneva in 1748, it remains one of the most significant studies of political and legal theory ever written. [via]