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LINGUET, Simon Nicolas Henri.

Mémoires et plaidoyers de M. Linguet, avocat à Paris.

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Published: Liège Chez Bassompierre, fils, 1776

Stock Code: 130268

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Notes

A highly attractive set of Linguet's legal defences. Simon Nicolas Henri Linguet (1736-1794) was a French journalist and lawyer "whose delight in taking views opposing everyone else's earned him exiles, imprisonment, and finally the guillotine" (Encyclopaedia Britannica online). Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Linguet was perhaps the most renowned lawyer in France, widely esteemed for his eloquence and legal acumen, until his attacks on other lawyers led to his expulsion from the bar in 1775. Though deemed too conservative for the French revolutionaries who executed him in 1794, Linguet's critiques of free wage labour as worse than servitude proved an important influence on later socialist thinkers, including Karl Marx. This edition follows an Amsterdam edition under the same title, published in 1773 in eight volumes.

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Description

11 volumes, duodecimo (163 x 96 mm). Contemporary mottled sheep, twin red and green morocco labels, smooth spines gilt to compartments, red edges, green silk page markers.

Illustrations

Folding table in second and third volumes.

Condition

Early ownership label to front pastedowns. Vol. XI with a little bit of wear and rubbing, slight closed tears to folding table in vol. II. Overall a remarkably well-preserved set.

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