Observations sur le gouvernement et les lois des Etats-Unis d'Amerique.
Mably, Abbe [Gabriel Bonnot de].

Amsterdam: J.F. Rosart & Co., 1784. Joints tender, old ink signature on title-page, modern bookplate. A very pretty copy. Contemporary calf. Gilt spine with black and burgundy morocco labels, edges stained red. Twelvemo. [2], 213 pp. (Item ID: 11992)


Mably (1709-1785), elder brother of Condillac and influential political theorist, prophesied in this, the last book published in his lifetime, the downfall of America. His criticism of the United States Constitution is voiced in four letters directed to John Adams, then American embassador to the Netherlands.

Howes M5. Sabin 42923.

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