[n.p., Paris?], 1792. First edition. Small worn spots on each back cover, a few light pencil marks in text, but generally a very good, attractive set. Armorial bookplate of the Bibliothèque de Mouchy in each volume. Quarter early nineteenth-century navy calf over marbled boards, marbled edges. Two volumes, octavo. , 407; , 367 pp. Item #12732
This is an important political treatise by Necker (1732-1804), minister of finance under Louis XVI, whose dismissal in part led to the storming of the Bastille. His inability to deal with France’s finances after the Revolution led to his retirement in 1790. Necker was a big supporter of the American Revolutionary War, and the father of Madame de Staël. In this work he discusses executive power in France, America, and some of the smaller European states. He compares at length the French constitution of 1791 and the new American Constitution, discussing the separation of powers of the various branches of government.
Cioranescu 47920. Einaudi 4100. Goldsmiths 15477. Not in Sabin, despite the extensive American content.