6058. Montesquieus "The Spirit of Law"

(MONTESQUIEU, CHARLES DE SECONDAT DE). De l'esprit des loix. Ou di rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la constitition de chaque gouvernement, les moeurs, le climat, la religion, le commerce, &c. Nouvelle edition. Revüe & corrigée, avec des changemens considérables donnés par l'auteur. I-III. Amsterdam (Zachariae Chatelain) 1749.

8:o. (2, lacks halftitle), I-XXIV, (1)-356; (2, lacks halftitle), I-XVI, (1)-358; (2, lacks halftitle), I-XII, (1)-383, (1 blank) pp. Titles printed in red and black.
Later (mid 19th century) brown half calf, gilt spines. Last leaf in vol. I dampstained, also some very light dampstaining in vol. III, title to vol. II with larger foxing. Some minor spotting. Signature of G W (af) Sillén on titles. 3 volumes.

See Printing and the Mind of Man 197. First published in Geneva 1748. One of the most important political philosophical works of the 18th century, his theories underlay the thinking which led up to the American and French revolutions, and the United States constitution in particular is a lasting tribute to the principles he advocated.
G. W. af Sillén (1724-1794), served as a civil servant abroad during many years, among other places in Constantinople
Provenance: The von Celsing family, Biby.

Volume III lacks the table of contents at the end, paginated 385-442 (signed 2B8-2F2.
Not mentioned in the "Table des livres& chapitres"