An essay towards a general history of feudal property in Great Britain, ... /
by John Dalrymple, Esq, the fourth edition.
|Main Creator:||Dalrymple, John, Sir, 1726-1810.|
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Dublin : Printed for Sarah Cotter ..., MDCCLIX 
|Edition:||The fourth edition.|
First Irish edition. Includes list of subscribers.
Dalrymple was an early protégé of Henry Home, Lord Kames, and a member of a circle which included David Hume and Adam Smith and was interested in placing the study of law and legal institutions on new philosophical and historical foundations. Like these, he was an early reader of Montesquieu's De l'esprit des lois and he published a substantial Essay towards a general hisotry of feudal property in Great Britain which Montesquieu (notoriously generous with his time and encouragement when dealing with young scholars) seems to have read in draft and to whom it was posthumously dedicated. The essay was generally well received, Hume commenting : 'I think it really deserves it' (Letters, 1.266). Dalrymple valued Montesquieu as much for his belief in the importance of a nobility in curbing despotism as for his methodological insights into the study of law - (ODNB).
Physical description: vii, , , 344 pages ; 21 cm. (8vo)
Citations/References: ESTC N548
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