LA POLITIQUE NATURELLE. Ou discours sur les vrais principes du gouvernement. Par un ancien magistrat.
Edition: First Edition
Londres (i.e. Amsterdam): Marc-Michel Rey, 1773. Two volumes, octavo. pp (viii), 232; , 280. Half-titles present, binder's blanks front and rear. Bound in contemporary tortoiseshell calf, gilt decorative borders to spines, spines with raised bands, labels, gilt ornaments, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon bookmark (perished in vol. I). Small chips to foot of spine of vol. I; covers just a little bowed; yellowing to a few leaves in text; "Baron Holbach" very lightly in ink to half-title leaf in vol. II ; else VG, tight in the bindings, hinges not cracked, text clean and fresh. Variant (first printing?) with a period (vs comma) after "Naturelle" on title page, and with the signature marks at bottom centre of pages, and collating a little differently from the other recorded variant. Vercruysse (1773) A2 and A3 describes two variants, listing this one first, but not giving any reason for that order. Tchemerzine VI, 245b. One of several works in which Holbach, the outspoken and influential atheist of the Englightenment, argues for principles of government based solely on social utility and the common good. He advocated the abolition of class privileges, progressive taxation, separation of church and state, religious toleration, secular public education, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech - familiar principles in western democracies today.