An Historical Development of the Present Political Consitution of the Germanic Empire. … translated from the German … by Josiah Dornford.

  • Pütter, Johann Stephen
  • London: Printed for T. Payne and Son [et al] 1790
  • ESTC T144586.


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3 vols., 8vo, pp. [iv], xxxix, [i], 512; xxxii, 492; xxx, 308, vi, 71, [47] + engraved dedication leaf in vol. 1. Untrimmed in the original blue paper boards, sometime rebacked in purple cloth with yellow waxed paper labels (blank). Edges bumped, some soiling, title-page in vol. 3 with a little abrasion from attempted erasure of a stamp. Boards somewhat worn at edges, particularly one corner of vol. 2, some stains and marks, front flyleaf of vol. 1 excised. Early ownership inscription of the Revd. Robt. Culbertson of Leith to front flyleaves in vols. 2 and 3, stamps of the Martin Library of Dean Church to title-pages and first pages of text in each vol.


The first edition of the first English translation of the major work of J.S. Pütter (1725-1807), long-serving professor of law at Göttingen. The translator, Josiah Dornford (1762-1797), was an Oxford graduate who took his LLD at Göttingen, though he was also called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.

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