London: Privately published, 1892. UK Limited Edition. Octavo, two volumes. One of 520 numbered copies (this being No. 144) printed for England and America. Publisher's navy cloth, paper spine title labels, gilt top page edges, all other edges deckle. With a portrait and eight etchings, all present, by Charles Edouard de Beaumont, and two illuminated Persian designs.
Montesquieu (1689-1755) was a French political thinker and philosopher, as well as a social commentator, during the Enlightenment. His theories of separation of powers, feudalism, and his perspective on the Byzantine Empire, have established his role as precursor for many fields of social anthropology, including slavery reformation. These volumes comprise an excellent early example of an epistolary novel.
Each volume with light foxing throughout, two Honduran postage stamps on the front pastedowns, a few contemporary owner ink stamps and small blindstamps on some of the preliminary and rear pages, a two small chips at one of the paper spine labels, with light shelfwear overall, else Near Fine.