Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Lighthouse Books, ABAA 1735 First Avenue North Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 United States (727) 822-3278
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Happy birthday, Montesquieu
It is the birthday of French political thinker Montesquieu (1689), whose work The Spirit of the Laws (1748) and other writings greatly influenced James Madison in writing the Constitution of the United States. Montesquieu defined three types of government: monarchies, republics, and despotisms. He also defined two types of governmental power: the sovereign and the administrative. In the administrative, he saw three branches, the executive, the legislative, and the judicial, none of which should hold more power than the other. His Persian Letters (1712) poked fun at French society in a series of imaginary letters to a Persian visitor to Paris. Montesquieu also wrote two novels, The Temple of Gnidos (1725) and Arsace and Isménie (1742).
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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