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JAMES, William.

Rare books by William James, including first editions, signed ephemera, and finely bound sets of the Naval History of Great Britain.

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  1. The Naval History of Great Britain,
    JAMES, William. The Naval History of Great Britain,

    London : 1837

    A "monument of accuracy - it has stood the test of time and remains the best account of the naval side of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars" (Kemp, The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, p. 425). First conceived of when he was held prisoner in America during the War of 1812 the Naval History is a remarkable work. Working under the motto "Verité... Learn More

    Stock Code: 93104

  2. 117941
    JAMES, William. Human Immortality.

    Boston : 1898

    First edition of James's thought-provoking essay on the nature of human immortality with reference to both modern science and mysticism. It first appeared as a lecture of the same name which James delivered as his Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality at Harvard the previous year. Houghton Mifflin published the lectures annually from 1896 to 1912; James... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117941

  3. Autograph letter signed from James to his friendly critic, the American philosopher John Edward Russell;
    JAMES, William. Autograph letter signed from James to his friendly critic, the American philosopher John Edward Russell;

    Rome : 1900

    An affectionate autograph letter signed from James to John Edward Russell, professor of philosophy at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, with the letter from Russell to James, in his wife's hand, which prompted the aforementioned response, plus related correspondence from Alice James dated from their time spent abroad in Europe.
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    Stock Code: 126088

  4. Pragmatism.
    JAMES, William. Pragmatism.

    London : 1907

    First edition, UK issue from the American sheets (published the same year). "Like many of his other texts, James's Pragmatism... contains both a manifest and a latent image. On the surface level, it is a 'method only'. James describes it as a corridor with various topics leading to different rooms by our asking 'What difference does it make?' if a given... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129632

  5. 129631
    JAMES, William. Some Problems of Philosophy.

    London : 1911

    First UK edition, first impression, of James's last book, published posthumously. The US edition was published the same year. "For years he had talked of rounding out his philosophical work with a treatise on metaphysics. Characteristically, he chose to do so in the form of an introduction to the problems of philosophy, because writing for beginners... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129631

  6. 117855
    JAMES, William. Memories and Studies.

    New York : 1911

    First edition, first printing, of a collection of the American philosopher and psychologist's speeches and essays, most notably "The Moral Equivalent of War", which was first published here in book form. His son, Henry James Jr., provides the preface: "Professor William James formed the intention shortly before his death of republishing a number of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117855

  7. 127814
    JAMES, William. Essays in Radical Empiricism.

    London : 1912

    First UK edition, first impression, published the same year as the first US edition. Review copy, with the publisher's slip loosely inserted, and with the contemporary ownership signature of A. Barnatt Brown on the front free endpaper, with a note identifying him as having reviewed the book in the journal British Friend.
    James originally assembled... Learn More

    Stock Code: 127814

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