8vo, pp. [iv], xxiv, 25-373, ; minor damp-stains throughout; contemporary mottled sheep, spine gilt in compartments, lettered directly in gilt in one, marbled edges and endpapers, hollow-backed and sewn on 3 sunken cords; caps chipped, corners worn, a good copy.
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Théorie des lois sociales.
First edition of Dauray de Brie’s survey of ‘natural order’. Published in the year of Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor of France, the author’s tendency is anti-revolutionary, rejecting Rousseau’s statement that rule of a minority is against the natural order. Rather Dauray de Brie deplores the vaunting ambition of appointed governors, attacks secularism, and advances arguments for a Christian state, reflecting the shift in French political theory under Napoleon from anti-monarchic revolution to Papal coronation derived from France’s ancient kings.
COPAC records only two copies in the UK (John Rylands and National Library of Scotland).
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