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  1. An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry.
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    An Essay on the Foundations of Geometry.

    First edition, first impression, an excellent association copy of Russell's first published book of philosophy, with the pencilled ownership inscription of noted Cambridge philosopher R. B. Braithwaite, dated 1923, to the front free endpaper. Braithwaite (1900-1990), then a scholar at King's College, originally studied mathematics before switching to the moral sciences tripos for his final year, the year of the inscription. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 112003

    Signed: Yes

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  2. On some Difficulties in the Theory of Transfinite Numbers and Order Types. (Extracted from the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Ser. 2, Vol. 4, Part 1.)
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    On some Difficulties in the Theory of Transfinite Numbers and Order Types. (Extracted from the Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Ser. 2, Vol. 4, Part 1.)

    Original offprint. Russell had been working on trying to articulate "a theory of logic in which there were no classes, or denoting concepts, or even propositional functions, but only complex entities called ‘propositions', which were to be analysed into their constituents: individuals and predicates. ‘It seems to me broadly possible', he wrote to G. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99896

    Signed: Yes

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    Essai sur les fondements de la géométrie.

    Traduction par Albert Cadenant, revue et annotée par l’auteur et par Louis Couturat.
    First edition in French of Russell's Essay on the Foundations of Geometry, his second book and "first full-length philosophical work" (Richards, Essay on the Foundations of Geometry and the Cambridge mathematical tradition). The book was championed in France by the eminent mathematician Henri Poincaré, which led to Russell being invited to deliver a paper at the prestigious International Congress of Philosophy held in Paris in 1900, an event that profoundly affected his career. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 75333

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