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A Discourse on the Study of the Law of Nature and Nations.

London, Edward Lumley, 1835 Stock Code: 114168
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Later edition of the Scottish politician and jurist's famous public lecture on international law, first published in 1799. "In November 1798 Mackintosh proposed a lecture series to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in which he would make public his change of opinion towards Burke. However, like Burke, certain benchers remained wary of a speaker previously associated with Jacobinism. As a result Mackintosh rushed A Discourse on the Law of Nature and Nations, which contained the substance of his first lecture, through the press. It was well received, eliciting a complimentary response from another former object of his criticism, William Pitt. After some canvassing on Mackintosh's behalf by George Canningthen speaker of the Commons and, despite political differences, a friend from the early 1790sand an intervention from Lord Loughborough, he was given permission to deliver the lectures between February and June 1799" (ODNB).
This was the copy of political commentator, economist, and journalist Walter Bagehot, best known for his analysis of the Bank of England in Lombard Street (1873) and described by Lord Bryce as "the most original mind of his generation".

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Octavo. Original green cloth, paper label to spine printed in black, yellow endpapers.


Ownership signature of Walter Bagehot to title page, dated 11 March 1844, and light pencil annotation to rear free endpaper. Bound without the final leaf of publisher's advertisements. Extremities lightly rubbed and a few marks to boards, small bump to fore edge of rear board, paper label chipped and browned, front hinge cracked but holding, a very good copy.


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