Octavo, 411pp. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, title in gilt over red morocco label, gilt bands. Previous ownership mark on front end paper. An attractive copy of this important early work in social thought.
Comments: Originally published in 1787, this copy is the second edition, which was revised and expanded. It details the “essential equality of the human races,” with his work becoming a harbinger of a change in religions and social thought in western societies. Samuel Stanhope Smith was the President of Princeton University.