8vo, pp. xix, , 287, ; without half-title, some foxing at beginning and end, otherwise very good; in contemporary half calf over brown boards, rebacked, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, corners and hinges repaired, marbled edges; some marks to boards.
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The Essence of Algernon Sidney’s work on government. To which is annexed, his Essay on love. By a student of the Inner Temple.
First edition of this abridgement of Sidney’s masterpiece of republican eloquence, Discourses concerning government, first published in 1698. Its defence of rebellion, of change, and of the principles of liberty, reason and virtue, explain the work’s exceptional impact in Britain, continental Europe, and America. But it was long and occasionally repetitive, hence this distilled Essence, which ESTC attributes to William Scott, Baron Stowell (1745–1836), the judge and politician.
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