'The first modern attempt to create a complete system of political science' (PMM)

BODIN, Jean (1530-1596)
Les six livres de la Republique. Ensemble une Apologie de René Herpin. [Bound with:] Apologie de Rene Herpin pour la republique de I.Bodin.
A Paris, Chez Iacques du Puys 1583-81.
2 volumes in 1. Small 8vo. [XXIV],1060,[44]p., [I],44 lvs. Contemp. vellum, minor imperfections. A few small marginal wormholes in a few leaves. Old name on first blank, modern bookplate of ‘E.D.K.' on rear paste down. Good copy.
€ 1750


First edition (but see below) issued with the Apologie of Bodin's famous work. Bodin's Six livres (first published in 1576) can be considered as ‘the first modern attempt to create a complete system of political science'.
The apology was written by Bodin under the peudonym René Herpin in defense of the attacks of Auger Ferrier and Michel de la Serre. It is mentioned on the title of the main work but has also an own title dated 1581. It was not added to all copies of this edition. Crahay mentions an earlier separate edition, undated and without a title-page.
Crahay (p.119) discriminates two issues of this edition dated 1583 (F8 and F9a). Our copy has the title-page of F9a, but the pagination in larger fonts, the index printed in italics, and the title of the index of F8.
*R.Crahay, M.T.Isaac & M.T.Lenger, Bibliographie critique des éditions anciennes de Jean Bodin, F8/9a (République) and F2 (Apologie). Printing and the mind of man 94. En français dans le texte 68.

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