Razmyshleniya o predstavitel'nom pravlenii. [Considerations on Representative Government].

MILL John Stuart (1863.)

£500.00  [First Edition]

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First edition in Russian. 8vo (200 x 145mm). [4], 360, [2] pp. Sporadic foxing throughout to varying degrees. Contemporary half calf with marbled paper covered boards (headcaps missing, joints split but firmly holding, extremities rubbed, corners bumped). St. Petersburg, Izdanie Yakovleva.

Originally published in English in 1861, the most important of Mill’s political works following On Liberty (1859), and his most substantial work on political institutions, Considerations on Representative Government "discusses to what extent forms of government are a matter of choice, the criterion of a 'good form of government', and explains his belief that representative government is the best form of government because it demands the most from its citizens and encourages their development. For this reason he commended the plan for proportional representation ... as 'among the very greatest improvements yet made in the theory and practice of government'" (Sabine, p. 667).

"Russia discovered John Stuart Mill in the 1860s. During that decade most of Mill's works were translated into Russian and his influence became widespread, extending to a number of the most renowned Russian thinkers of the nineteenth century" (Scanlan, p. 2).

Provenance: illegible ownership inscription in black ink to front free endpaper, pencilled ownership inscription of 'D. Metetelov' to head of leaf after title, Bulgarian 'Antikvarna' bookseller's stamp to rear endpaper dated 1958.

Rare. OCLC list only four copies, held by Library of Congress, NY Public Library, Carolina, and Ohio.  

Scanlan, 17.

Stock Code: 231395

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