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. A quotation from Jean Jacques Rousseau, Du contrat social
(1762), a work of which JA
eventually owned at least three copies, a pirated edition in French, Amsterdam, 1742
[i.e. 1762?], and two copies of the first English translation, A Treatise on the Social Compact, or the Principles of Politic Law
, London, 1764; see Catalogue of JA’s Library
, p. 216. For an illuminating survey of JA
’s intellectual relations with Rousseau, see Haraszti, JA and the Prophets of Progress
, ch. 5, “Rousseau and the Man of Nature.”
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