Two vols, 12mo, pp. 402; 402; a few small marks in blank margins, a few small spots; a very good copy in contemporary mottled calf, flat spines gilt in compartments, gilt-lettered labels, marbled edges and endpapers; extremities a little rubbed, but a nice set.
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Second edition (following the first octavo edition of 1757) of a valuable contemporary history of the period 1658 to 1739, summarising political events in Europe and ‘containing original thought and, very often, the signs of good sense and consequently of a sober and impartial judgement’ (Palgrave).
‘Dans son dernier ouvrage, intitulé Annales Politiques de Louis XIV, où il juge très sévèrement ce monarque, l'abbé de Saint Pierre a rassemblé toutes les idées répandues sans ses autres écrits. Il voulait rendre utiles à l'Etat les ducs et pairs, les académies et les sermons; donner toutes les places par élection, diminuer les pensions, abréger les procès, abolir le célibat ecclésiastique, etc.’ (Nouveau dictionnaire d'économie politique).
Saint-Pierre published his works at his own expense for free distribution. This work was prepared from a manuscript acquired by the editors after his death in 1743.
ESTC T98047. This edition not in Einaudi, Higgs, or INED.
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