Thoughts on Civil Liberty, on Licentiousness, and Faction. John BROWN.

Thoughts on Civil Liberty, on Licentiousness, and Faction

London: L. Davis and C. Reymers, 1765. Second Edition. Described as "a well-written version of the ordinary complaints of luxury and effeminacy" (DNB III, p. 11) by the Anglican priest, essayist, and playwright, published a year before his suicide. Written in response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's state of nature, Brown argued that unbridled natural freedom was in reality unnatural to humans, who must instead adhere to social formalities and thus exercise "civil" liberty. In order to suppress "corrupt manners," Brown goes on to argue in favor of a national educational system though the first, "Most effectual Means of checking the Growth of Licentiousness and Faction" is "the steady Conduct of the Prince" (p. 140-1). ESTC T1553, noting 1000 copies of this edition printed by William Bowyer. Octavo (21.5cm.); full contemporary mottled calf, red morocco spine label, all edges marbled, contemporary binder's rubberstamp of A. Milne, Forres (Scotland), to front pastedown; 168pp. Light scuffing to board extremities, top fore-edge corner bumped, light toning to endpaper extremities, else a Very Good, internally fresh copy. Publisher's advertisements printed on p. 168.

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