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'The first modern attempt to create a complete
system of political science' (PMM) BODIN, Jean
Les six livres de la Republique. Ensemble une Apologie de René Herpin.
:] 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,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.
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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