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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. A Reply to A Brief Statement
    JAMES, William. A Reply to A Brief Statement

    London : 1824

    First edition. The third volume of James's great naval history had been published in 1823. Lord William Fitzroy, outraged at James's account of his actions as commander of HMS Aeolus in 1805, and at James's condemnation of Fitzroy's decision not to engage with the French frigate Didon, published a bitter rebuttal. This is James's equally bitter counter... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 126874

  2. The Principles of Psychology.
    JAMES, William. The Principles of Psychology.

    New York : 1890

    First edition, second printing, of the American philosopher and psychologist's most influential work and "the foundation of the American school of experimental psychology" (Garrison-Morton).
    Influenced by his European counterpart and contemporary Wilhelm Wundt, William James (1842-1910) viewed psychology as an experimental science based on physiology:... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141538

  3. Human Immortality.
    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
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 117941

  4. 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.
    Russell... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 126088

  5. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.
    JAMES, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.

    London, New York and Bombay : 1902

    First edition, first impression, of one of James's masterworks, with a printed presentation slip "From the Author", from the library of the Oxford philosopher F. "Canning" S. Schiller (1864-1937), with his pencil annotations throughout.
    James focuses on four central topics: the "experiential approach and the generic meaning of religion; the sick... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 136480

  6. Some Problems of Philosophy.
    JAMES, William. Some Problems of Philosophy.

    New York : 1911

    First edition, first printing, of James's last book, published posthumously. "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 would force him to be nontechnical and readable.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136485

  7. Some Problems of Philosophy.
    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129631

  8. Memories and Studies.
    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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 117855

  9. Essays in Radical Empiricism.
    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
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 127814

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