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MANDEVILLE, Bernard (1670--1733)
The fable of the bees. Part II. By the author of the first.
Edinburgh printed for W. Gray and W. Peter, 1755.
[2], xxii, 345, [27] p. ; 16.4 cm. (12º)

First published 1729. The Fable of the Bees was originally published anonymously by Bernard Mandeville [or de Mandeville] in 1714 with a second enlarged edition appearing in 1723, and achieved notoriety for its paradoxical defence of private human self-interest as contributing to the public good. Part II is in fact an entirely new work in the form of dialogues postulating human development from savagery to civilization; this edition was issued with the 9th edition of the Fable.

Copy Notes John Taylor, writing to Soane on October 27, 1821 adds a postscript P.S. I luckily saw on a stall the second volume / of Mandevil, which I immediately secured for / you. Its exterior is not very brilliant, but its / contents are valuable and they will be / your chief concern. - I shall look into it a / little and bring it in my pocket, I hope soon. (Priv. Corr. IV.7.57). Taylor had given Soane a copy of the 6th edition of The fable of the bees in January 1820 (6th ed., 1732, q.v.).

Binding C18th marbled calf, gilt double-ruled spine, spine with direct-tooled gilt volume number '2' under leather spine-label.

Reference Number 4592


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