Lois de la Nature. Ouvrage divisé en deux parties.

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In-8 de (4)-II-(2)-254-187 pp., demi-basane brune, dos lisse orné (reliure de l'époque). Editon originale. INED (4658) : Des riches et des pauvres, du luxe, de l'agriculture, des manufactures. Iere partie : l'auteur, disciple de Rousseau, attaque fréquemment le luxe, et notamment voudrait que les ouvriers du luxe se consacrent à l'agriculture ; il demande pour les ouvriers le minimum vital et la « sécurité sociale » ; il examine les pertes qualitatives de la population, condamne les manufactures imposées par le luxe et où le travail se fait dans des conditions anti-hygiéniques. La deuxième partie, sorte d'utopie, décrit un pays idéal gouverné selon les lois de la nature. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Lois de la Nature. Ouvrage divisť en deux ...
Publisher: chez Odé fils
Publication Date: 1803

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Published by Nantes, Ode fils, and Paris, Arnaud, 1803. (1803)
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Book Description Nantes, Ode fils, and Paris, Arnaud, 1803., 1803. 8vo; pp. [8], 254, [2]; 187, [1]; some light waterstaining to the outer portion in the first part, but a very good copy in half calf, boards covered with marbled paper, flat spine decorated in gilt, gilt lettering-piece; minor repairs to the joints.First edition, rare, of this late 18th-century utopia and political-economic meditation, published anonymously at least six years after its composition. Thomas Jefferson, who owned a copy (now in the Library of Congress), attributd it to J.-F. Cornu La Poype. In the preface, evidently written closer to the publication date, the author introduces his key notion that 'la liberté sans la vertu et surtout sans l'humanité est une chimere'; he adds that such observations, originally developed during a time of calm, have been validated recently 'au milieu des troubles qui ont agité l'Europe pendant plusieurs années'. The preface is followed by a letter from the Minister Lavater, dated Zurich, April 1797, returning the manuscript to the author after 'much delay', with the minister's unconditional approval of the author's views.This work addresses 'the rich and the poor, luxury, agriculture, manufacturing. Part one: the author, a disciple of Rousseau, frequently attacks luxury, and in particular wishes that the manufacturers of luxury items should dedicate themselves to agriculture; he asks for a minimum living wage and social security for workers; he examines the qualitative losses of the population, he condemns manufacturing where it is imposed by luxury and where work is done in unsanitary conditions. The second part, a sort of utopia, describes an ideal country governed according to the laws of nature' (transl. from INED).I.N.E.D. 4658; Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Sowerby Catalogue J. 18. Not in Barbier or Quérard. Four copies in the US (LoC, Cuny, Berkeley Law, and UCLA). No copies in COPAC. Bookseller Inventory # H4242

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