The Spirit of Laws (1748)
Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu
- Title Page, Translator’s Note, Preface, Advertisement
- Book 1: Of Laws in General
- Book 2: Of Laws Directly Derived from the Nature of Government
- Book 3: Of the Principles of the Three Kinds of Government
- Book 4: Education Ought to Relate to the Principles of Government
- Book 5: The Legislator Ought to Relate to the Principle of Government
- Book 6: Civil and Criminal Laws, the Form of Judgments, and Punishments
- Book 7: Sumptuary Laws, Luxury, and the Condition of Women
- Book 8: Of the Corruption of the Principles of the Three Governments
- Book 9: Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to a Defensive Force
- Book 10: Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to Offensive Force
- Book 11: Political Liberty, with Regard to the Constitution
- Book 12: Laws That Form Political Liberty, in Relation to the Subject
- Book 13: Of the Relation Which Taxes and Public Revenues Bear to Liberty
- Book 14: Of Laws in Relation to the Nature of the Climate
- Book 15: Of Civil Slavery in Relation to the Nature of the Climate
- Book 16: How the Laws of Domestic Slavery Relate to the Climate
- Book 17: How the Laws of Political Servitude Relate to the Climate
- Book 18: Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to the Nature of the Soil
- Book 19: Of Laws Forming the General Spirit, Morals, and Customs of a Nation
- Book 20: Of Laws in Relation to Commerce, in its Nature and Distinctions
- Book 21: Of Laws in Relation to Commerce, in the Revolutions It Has Met
- Book 22: Of Laws in Relation to the Use of Money
- Book 23: Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to the Number of Inhabitants
- Book 24: Of Laws in Relation to Religion, Considered in Itself, and Its Doctrine
- Book 25: Of Laws in Relation to Establishments of Religion and External Polity
- Book 26: Of Laws in Relation to the Order of Things Which They Determine
- Book 27: Of the Origin and Revolutions of the Roman Laws on Successions
- Book 28: Of the Origin and Revolutions of the Civil Laws among the French
- Book 29: Of the Manner of Composing Laws
- Book 30: Feudal Laws among the Franks in the Establishment of the Monarchy
- Book 31: Feudal Laws among the Franks in the Revolutions of their Monarchy
The Spirit of Laws (1748) [L’Esprit des Lois], by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu.
Translated from the French by Thomas Nugent (1752), revised by J. V. Prichard, with corrections and additions communicated by the author.
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