Observations Concerning the Distinction of Ranks in Society.Dublin: Printed by T. Ewing, 1771 Stock Code: 124116
First Dublin edition, following the London edition published the same year. A professor of law in the University of Glasgow and a major influence on Scottish jurisprudence, this was the first major work of John Millar. The Observations were "a pioneering attempt at a historical sociology of social authority, taking up, in turn, familial relations, age, work relations, and political and martial leadership" (ODNB). The work is one of the earliest attempts to apply an empirical approach to sociology, with the influence of Montesquieu and Hume's Populousness of Ancient Nations both clearly evident. Millar's strong opposition to slavery heavily influences the final chapter, "Of the condition of servants in different parts of the world".
Octavo (171 x 120 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked.
Spine creased, covers lightly marked, extremities worn, some light foxing and a few blemishes to contents. A very good copy.
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