HOBBES, Thomas.

Œuvres philosophiques et politiques.

Tome premier, contenant les Élémens du Citoyen, traduits en François, par un de ses amis; [together with] Tome second, contenant le Corps Politique & la Nature humaine.

Neufchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1787 Stock Code: 120538
£1,250.00

Handsomely bound in contemporary calf

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Notes

First collected edition in French. It includes the young Huguenot intellectual Samuel Sorbière's popular translation of "De cive" (first 1649); a translation of "De corpore politico", long attributed to Sorbière but now thought to have been by prolific translator John Davies (Malcolm, pp. 464-5); and "Human Nature" translated by the prominent French Enlightenment figure Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (first 1772).

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (198 x 123 mm). Contemporary tree calf, green and red morocco labels, spine with rope-twist edge-roll, floral lower band, and attractively decorated compartments in gilt, boards bordered in gilt rule and dotted roll, marbled endpapers and edges.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume 1. Bookseller's description pasted to front pastedown of volume 1.

Condition

Extremities lightly worn, a few spill-burns to boards and some minor stripping to rear board of volume 1, hinges cracked but firm, contents bright with occasional spotting, overall a very good set.

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