The Oceana and Other Works of James Harrington Esq; Collected, Methodiz’d, and Review’d, with an Exact Account of his Life Prefix’d, by John Toland. To which is added an Appendix, Containing All the Political Tracts Wrote by this Author, Omitted in Mr Toland’s Edition. The Third Edition: with an Alphbtetical Index of the Principal Matters

HARRINGTON, James

$750.00

Publisher: London, A. Millar, MDCCXLVII [1747]
Description: ppxlvi, 632, [xvi, index], engraved frontis., 2 plates, title page printed in red and black; folio, contemporary calf, decorated spines raised in compartments. In a few places, the calf has chipped away, showing the under board, but binding is still firm and presentable. Occasional toning & fingering to paper, but overall very good

Harrington (1611-1677) published his great republican work,” Oceana” in 1656. Described by the “Oxford Companion to English Literature” as “part historical analysis, part Utopia, and part a written constitution”, it was an intended counter to Thomas Hobbes’s “Leviathan”. David Hume described Harrington’s concept as “the only valuable model of a commonwealth that has yet been offered to the public”. The collection by John Toland (1670-1722), the Irish Deist, was first published in 1700 and then in 1737

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