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Abriss des gegenwartigen naturlichen und politischen Zustandes von Grossbritannien.

Author Hume, David.
Title Abriss des gegenwartigen naturlichen und politischen Zustandes von Grossbritannien.
Imprint Copenhagen : Johann Gottlob Rothe
Date of Publication 1767
Language German
Notes This book is a rare first edition of translated extracts from David Hume's 'History of England and Essays and treatises on several subjects'. The translator, the German poet and critic Heinrich Wilhelm von Gerstenberg (1737-1823) translated Hume rather freely and wrote his own summaries of the Scottish philosopher's views. The work covers the constitution of the British Isles, the social order, as well as the legal, commercial and banking systems. The British way of ruling themselves would have been of some interest to Central Europeans, most of whom had no direct experience of living under a constitutional monarchy. There are no copies of this work in the UK and only one in North America.
Shelfmark RB.s.2699
Acquired on 17/12/07
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