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BURNETT, Thomas.

An Essay upon Government:

or, the natural notions of government, demonstrated in a chain of consequences from the fundamental principles of society. By which, all the nicest cases of conscience relating to government may be, and many of 'em are here resolv'd, with respect to the authority of government in general: the end and manner of making and executing laws: the measure of submission to princes, and the lawfulness, or unlawfulness of revolutions, in a method altogether new.

London, for J. Baker and T. Warner, 1716 Stock Code: 116289
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First edition. Thomas Burnet(t) (d. 1750) was a priest and theologian who delivered sermons as part of the Boyle Lectures. His work consisted of explicatory essays on Christianity, including one aimed at children, as well as philosophical essays which "attempt to reason logically from positions assumed as axiomatic" (ODNB), such as the present work. From the library of 20th-century retail chemist and bibliophile Robert J. Hayhurst, with his bookplate to the front free endpaper. Hayhurst's extensive collection included well-preserved 18th-century bindings. 19th-century bookplate of Winton College to the front pastedown.*

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Small octavo (170 x 105 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, red morocco title label, spine gilt in compartments, edges speckled red.


A few early inscriptions to front endpapers and margins of text. Front joint cracked and with discreet glue repair but cords still holding firm. A very good copy with overall bright contents.


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