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An Essay on the History of Civil Society

by Adam Ferguson

A noted philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment, Adam Ferguson here delivers a masterful study of human society which is not only a remarkable work on the ways of society, but also a deep anthropology analysis. In a relevant structure, the author starts from the individual, discussing moral sentiment, the basic instinct of self-preservation, the intellect, and goes on to the functioning of society, nations, offering a thorough examination of all the phenomenons resulting from the association of men. War, corruption, political slavery, despotism, up to the arts and literature and their history, are all discussed with brilliant insight and scholarly discipline in this exceptional volume. 464 pages. 5.5 x 8.75 inches.

Seventh Edition. Six distinct parts. Table of contents at beginning of volume.

Published by: Hastings, Etheridge and Bliss, Boston, 1809.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Volume is in very good condition with some edgewear and mild toning inside.
  • Covers are well-preserved, a little dry with handsome leather and gilt dentelle along edges.
  • Boards exhibit moderate edgewear, with cracking and rubbing, and are exposed at corners.
  • Spine features text and decorations in gilt, and have some chips at ends.
  • Spine shoulders are splitting, mostly on front, which also has a chip. (See photos)
  • Binding is secure though fragile at hinges.
  • Pastedowns display handsome colored marble design with moderate to pronounced marginal fading and toning. (See photos)
  • Interior is mildly toned with frequent shadows from facing text.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages occasionally display corner creases and scarce foxing.
  • Text block edges are stippled, and show commensurate aging.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20180130

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Binding: Leather
Original/Facsimile: Original
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Philosophy
Topic: Anthropology
Publisher: Hastings Etheridge and Bliss
Place of Publication: Boston MA
Year Printed: 1809
Author: Adam Ferguson
Special Attributes: Luxury Edition
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