2 vols, 8vo, pp. xv, , 740; vii, , –1556, 8 (publisher’s advertisements); ownership inscriptions of the philosopher and pacifist, G. C. Field, dated May 1932, on each front free endpaper; a very good copy in the original cloth, spines lettered, numbered, and ruled gilt.
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The Theory and Practice of Modern Government ... Vol. I [– II].
First British edition, published simultaneously with the first New York edition. This classic work of modern political science, chiefly concerned with constitutional and political practice in the United States, Britain, Germany, and France, is characterized by the treatment of ‘varieties of forms of government and of governmental institutions and processes in the context of some of the great themes of political theory’ (IESS). With Carl Friedrich (whose major work appeared five years later than the present one), Finer was largely responsible for maintaining the dominance of the comparative tradition in American political science during the latter’s growth as an academic discipline in the first half of this century. See IESS XII, 332.
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