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BOLINGBROKE, Henry St. John.

The Works.

[Including] The Philosophical Works in five volumes; [and] A Dissertation Upon Parties; Remarks on the History of England; A Collection of Political Tracts; Letters on the Study and Use of History; A Letter to Sir William Windham; Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism.

Published: London: David Mallet, 1754-75

Stock code: 79616

Price: £875

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First edition of the philosophical works, new editions of the others. Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, was a philosopher and politician who lead the Tory party during the reign of Queen Anne, and exerted considerable influence over England’s diplomatic relations with France. He ruined his political career by supporting the Jacobite claim in 1715, though this did stimulate him to write what is perhaps his most famous text “Reflections Upon Exile”. Noted for his sparkling intelligence as a political philosopher, Bolingbroke was the patron of Alexander Pope, and a close friend of Jonathan Swift, who said of Bolingbroke that his aim in life seemed to be to mix licentious orgies with the highest political responsibilities. St Andrew St John of Bletsoe, whose bookplates appear at the front of each volume, was a Whig politician and a friend of Charles James Fox, making this set a curious and perhaps rare example of a politician taking the time to consider the arguments of the opposition.

11 volumes, octavo (202 125 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, green and red morocco labels, cream endpapers. Some mild staining and browning to leaves, spines rubbed, spine tips a little worn with some wear to top joints. A very good set in a contemporary binding.

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