Title: Considerations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur decadence, 1851
Author: Charles-Louis de Secondat Montesquieu
Publisher: Limoges-Paris, Martial-Ardant freres
A mid 19th century edition of Montesquieu’s Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline. First published in 1734, it is widely considered by scholars to be among Montesquieu's best-known works, serving as an inspiration to Gibbon's more extensive History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The front endpaper is written on front to back with biographical information on Montesquieu and his works.
This edition is bound in a brilliantly decorated and ornate cartonnage binding of the period, with blue against golden gilt. There are central panels of Justice on the front and back.
One finely decorated cartonnage volume in 12mo, 233 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards. The title pages have been scribbled upon with pencil. There is foxing and staining throughout.