Elements of Political Science.
In Three Volumes.Edinburgh: James Ballantyne and Co., 1814 Stock Code: 111949
First edition of the Scottish author's analysis of government rights and constitutional authority, a gift copy inscribed from the Trustees of Manchester College, York, to Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper, "as a Prize for Diligence, Regularity & Proficiency during the Session of 1817-18". Strutt, for whom the title Baron Belper was created in 1856, was a first-year student at York at the time. He later became a liberal politician and served as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
"Craig's Elements combines Godwin and Adam Smith, making the impartial spectator as anarchist the theoretical foundation for a comprehensive text-book in the political sciences. It may have been intended for the new professional course which the Professor of Logic, George Jardine, wanted introduced at the Scottish universities... Craig's work was immediately translated into German (Leipzig, 1816) in support of the old-liberal, anti-revolutionary cause" (Haakonssen, p. 156).
3 volumes, octavo (210 x 130 mm). Contemporary polished tree calf, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, edges yellow and speckled blue.
Armorial bookplates of Edward Strutt to front pastedowns, contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper of vol. 1. Spines discreetly restored, extremities lightly rubbed, minor offsetting to front free endpaper from bookplates and facing pages from integral cloth markers, faint foxing to contents, an excellent set.
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