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  1. 129414
    First public edition of Hardy's 1942 account of the breach between Russell and Trinity which occurred during the First World War, originally privately printed in 1942. This new edition contains a 4-page foreword by C. D. Broad, explaining the circumstances of the argument and the publication history of the book. Learn More
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  2. 129400
    First edition, first printing, one of 3,000 unnumbered copies on "vélin alpha" paper (a further 120 numbered copies on "pur fil" paper were also issued as "tirage de tête"). The first part had been published in December 1945 in Les Temps Modernes, with this being the first printing of the whole text. Sartre's reflections... Learn More
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  3. 129401
    First edition, first printing, of Sartre's first book. The work was commissioned by Henri Delacroix as the tenth volume of the Nouvelle Encyclopédie Philosophique. Sartre provides an overview and a critique of the different approaches to phenomenology, as well as offering an extended discussion of Edmund Husserl, a major... Learn More
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  4. 129111
    First edition, first issue (with the errata leaves and textual errors; the errata were corrected and the leaves removed for the second issue), of Holbach's most famous work, "the bible of materialism" (PMM). Holbach, a man of vast humanistic and philosophical knowledge, was also familiar with various branches of science... Learn More
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  5. 128588
    First edition. "In the winter semester of 1772-3 Kant first offered a lecture course on anthropology, a course he repeated every winter semester for the next twenty-three years. While Kant was not the first German academic to lecture under this title, he made clear from the first lectures that his course would consider the... Learn More
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  6. 128660
    A highly appealing collected edition of Diderot's philosophical and theatrical works, printed in the year that the publication of the Encyclopédie finally finished. There were two editions of Diderot's works published in Amsterdam that year, the other being that of Marc Michel Rey, though this is generally accepted to have... Learn More
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  7. 127268
    First edition in French. Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM), was first published in Latin in 1670. The only work to be published in the author's lifetime, it blends the traditions of his Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical... Learn More
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  8. 118211comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was... Learn More
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  9. 132151
    First edition printed during Adams's presidency. First printed in London from 1787 to 1788, this is the third American edition overall, following two editions of the first volume only, and is consequently the first complete American edition. A highly significant work of American political philosophy, Adams's wide-ranging... Learn More
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  10. 130408comp
    First edition, inscribed "A Monsieur Alexandre Dumas, hommage de l'auteur" on the title page. Dumas père and Gamond likely knew each other professionally through their shared publisher, Maurice Lachâtre. The first principle work that Lachâtre published under the "Administration de librairie" imprint (opened in 1839) was... Learn More
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  11. 130075
    Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed..."> First edition of "the first American philosophy and psychology textbook written by a woman and the first book-length academic work to explicitly address gender" (Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, pp. 889-90). In 1829 Ricord (1788-1865) opened a seminary for young women in Geneva, New York, where she directed... Learn More
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  12. 128528
    An affectionate but frustrated autograph letter signed from Wittgenstein to Moritz Schlick, the founder of the Vienna Circle, in which Wittgenstein expresses his regrets over appearing to condone the plagiarism apparent in Rudolf Carnap's most recent paper through his own inaction.
    Wittgenstein received Carnap's offprint,... Learn More
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  13. 126479

    Olbie,

    Paris: an VIII de la République [1800]

    First edition of Say's first publication, inscribed "Monsieur Wardin de la part du fils de l'auteur" in ink on the half-title. Olbie (from the Greek word olbios, meaning happy or beatific) is a small utopian work which Say submitted as an entry to a morality prize competition organised by the Institut National in 1798. It... Learn More
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    First edition, Theodor Adorno's copy, inscribed "Theodor W. Adorno, Frankfurt, 1952" on the title page. Bloch and Adorno were good friends and both were heavily influenced by the other; Adorno was particularly fascinated by Bloch's Geist der Utopie (1918), which prompted him to state that "Bloch's was a philosophy that could... Learn More
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  15. 131685
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  16. 131149
    First edition, inscribed "from the author" on the title page. George Berkeley (1685-1753) wrote Alciphron, a set of philosophical dialogues, in an attempted rebuttal of the insurgent secular intellectual trends of the early enlightenment. Countering the views of John Locke, Bernard de Mandeville, and the third Earl of Shaftesbury,... Learn More
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  17. 130780
    First edition of Bauer's Russia and the Germanic World, one of his major texts on Russia, in which he examines the growing influence of Russian power upon European policy issues and, ultimately, the European philosophical tradition. Written in the wake of the 1848 German revolutions, and inflected with Bauer's disappointment... Learn More
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  18. 130781
    Rare first separate edition, containing the first appearance of the important appendix by Marx, his Theses on Feuerbach. Engels's text was first published in Die Neue Zeit in 1886, issues 4 and 5; it is here printed by Dietz as an offprint, with additional commentary by Engels and with the supplement by Marx.
    Engels's... Learn More
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  19. 130684
    First edition. Smee (1818-1877) considers the implications of whether difference engines, as invented by Babbage, can be considered to be thinking; as of such, the work ranks as among the earliest treatises on artificial intelligence. "In his Process of Thought, Smee was the first to suggest the possibility of information... Learn More
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  20. 130681
    First English language edition, first impression, of Gödel's incompleteness theorems, which were originally published in Monatshefte für Mathematik in 1931. Gödel's theorems remain some of the most important statements ever contributed to the study of mathematics and logic, proving that in even elementary arithmetic there... Learn More
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  21. 129329
    First edition of Proudhon's magnum opus, his analysis of what he saw to be the economic contradictions of 19th-century capitalism, which he felt would lead in time to an anarchist society. Proudhon sent a copy of the book to Karl Marx, then his friend, for review. Marx read it in two days, and was infuriated. "He therefore... Learn More
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  22. 129614
    First edition of Freud's translation into German of Mill's Subjection of Women, considered Freud's "only major non-scientific publication" (Norman exhibition catalogue) and his first publication in book form, issued here as volume twelve of Thomas Gompertz's first complete German edition of Mill's works, which began in 1869... Learn More
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  23. 131290
    First edition of "the epitome of eighteenth-century theological reasoning; rational, empirical, it seeks to demonstrate the truth of the Christian religion by reference to physical phenomena... the directness and clarity of his approach make it perhaps the most effective statement of the external evidence for Christianity... Learn More
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    First edition in German, first printing, following the first English edition of 1972. Presentation copy, inscribed by Popper in German to his friend the German philosopher Franz Austeda (1923-2009) on the front free endpaper. Loosely inserted is a typed presentation letter, signed by Popper, bemoaning that the translation... Learn More
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  25. 130116
    First edition of Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM). Spinoza's principal work, and the only work published in his lifetime, it blends the traditions of his Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical views are extended into the... Learn More
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  26. 114139
    First edition of the work that "perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy" (ODNB). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to... Learn More
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  27. 131773
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
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  29. 126555
    First edition of Cournot's study on the use of scientific data in philosophy. Learn More
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  30. 126566
    First complete edition, with the false London imprint, of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Three states of the 1773 edition were executed; Tchemerzine cites a two volume edition (which he had not... Learn More
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  31. i1
    A letter written by John Stuart Mill to William Carr Sidgwick, elder brother of the philosopher Henry Sidgwick who, together with Mill would be a founding member of The Radical Club, established in 1870, in which Mill announces the forthcoming publication of his new edition of his father's work, The Analysis of the Phenomena... Learn More
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  32. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  33. 124883
    First edition of the Critique of Judgement, Kant's third most important work after the critiques of Pure and Practical Reason. "The work consists of two main parts, the first dealing with the aesthetic judgment, the second with the teleological judgment or judgment of the purposiveness in Nature; and it is of considerable... Learn More
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  34. 120455
    First edition of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason, the second of his critical works, in which he develops the concept of categorical imperative. This work established Kant's moral thinking as a cardinal reference in the successive development of ethics. "The influence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern... Learn More
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  35. 131891
    First edition of Godwin's final collection of philosophical essays. Although the book did show "some slight departures from his earlier thinking, especially with respect to the natural equality of mankind" (ODNB), the work held true to Godwin's radical precepts: "Thoughts on Man is a sustained celebration of the achievements... Learn More
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  36. 131928
    A signed letter from Hayek to Charles E. Funk, editor of The Literary Digest, apparently in response to an enquiry into the proper pronunciation of his name: "In terms of the Phonetic Alphabet of the International Phonetic Association the correct pronunciation of my name would be rendered by 'Hai-ek'". Hayek goes on to say... Learn More
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  37. 131806
    First UK edition, first impression, of the first volume of Spengler's masterpiece, originally published in Germany in 1917 (the second volume was published in Germany in 1922, and translated into English in 1928). Atkinson's translation was published in the US by Alfred A. Knopf the same year. Spengler "contended that all... Learn More
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  38. 121354
    First edition, second issue. Several Papers comprises an issue under a collective title page of the second editions of three Locke economic tracts: Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money, Short Observations... on Coining Silver Money, and Further Considerations... Learn More
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  39. Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte
    Very rare first edition of Kant's first book. "In his early years Kant pondered the nature of space and time first from the point of view of Leibniz and then of Newton, but eventually he found both positions unsatisfactory. In his Thoughts on the true estimation of Living Forces the present work he took Leibniz's view and... Learn More
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  40. i1
    First edition of Nicolas Gueudeville's translation of Utopia, one of the very few copies with a cancel title printed entirely in black, unseen by Gibson. This copy also contains the often removed plate on K4 verso by Bleyswick, which depicts future spouses in a state of undress as they inspect each other before marriage.... Learn More
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  41. 124093
    First edition, the extremely rare first issue with the fictitious Pékin imprint on the title pages of both parts, in the corrected state. Issued thus to avoid French censorship, but in fact printed in Paris, the Pékin issue was printed in very small numbers and swiftly withdrawn because of a reference made by the editor,... Learn More
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  42. An Essay on the Principle of Population;
    Second edition, first published in 1798. "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries and periods. Although nominally a second edition, it was regarded by Malthus as a substantially new work.... Learn More
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  43. 130319
    First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and... Learn More
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  44. 131300
    First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, who served as chaplain to King George II from 1730 to 1746 and as Archdeacon of Berkshire from 1735 to 1746. John... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, of the author's most important work. Presentation copy for review, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "James R. Angell from William James July 1907" above a pasted printed slip reading "from the author" with the manuscript addition "reviewed for the International Journal of... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
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  47. 127485
    Second edition, published in the same year as the rare first edition. The work contains "Nunc lento sonitu dicunt Morieris", with Donne's famous lines (often misremembered as being in verse): "No man is an Iland, intire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the... Learn More
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  48. 130932
    First edition, first printing. Fogel's "Fourth Great Awakening" refers to the American religious revival of the 1960s and 1970, as mainstream Protestantism weakened and evangelicalism grew. Fogel's interpretation, which proved controversial, places this development as on a par with the previous "Great Awakenings" - the religious... Learn More
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  49. 130928
    First Gellert edition, first printing. A powerful graphic rendering of Das Kapital by the Hungarian-born American artist Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), published in the midst of the Depression. The accompanying text is from the translations of Ernest Untermann, the first American translator of Kapital, and Eden and Cedar Paul.... Learn More
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  50. 129812
    Very rare first and only issue, of enormous consequence, a double number which contains the first appearance of both Marx's first major work, Zur Kritik der Hegel'schen Rechtsphilosophie (containing his famous remark that religion is "das Opium des Volks"), and Engels's first work on economics, Umrisse zu einer Kritik der... Learn More
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  51. 129813
    Rare first edition of Marx's first published book, written when he was only 26. It is also the first book written in collaboration with Engels. In 1844, the first year of their friendship, Marx and Engels decided to write a critique of their former associates of the Young Hegelian school, whose views were still very popular... Learn More
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  52. 128994
    First edition of this account of the 1866 Geneva Congress, the first congress of the International Workingmen's Association, commonly known as the First International. The Association had been founded in 1864 in London by French and British radicals, including the exiled Karl Marx, who delivered the inaugural address at... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. The copy of Russell's friend Lytton Strachey, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Russell recounts in his autobiography that he came to know Strachey through his mother, with whom Russell campaigned for female suffrage. A fan of Strachey's writing, Russell recalls that... Learn More
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  54. 129308
    An unpublished fragment from Sartre's unfinished novel, which he intended to title La Dernière Chance, and which would have comprised the fourth volume in his novel cycle Les Chemins de la Liberté. Sartre abandoned the work at some point in the 1950s, although two chapters had appeared in Les Temps Modernes under the title... Learn More
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  55. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  56. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  57. 123580
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, edited and partly translated into French by Bentham's collaborator and disciple Etienne Dumont, preceding by 8 years the first English collected edition. "Even in the English-speaking world it was largely through Dumont's versions that Bentham came to be read" (Dinwiddy, p. 293).... Learn More
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  58. 97488detail
    First collected edition of Bentham's works, compiled under the supervision of his disciple and editor, John Bowring, assisted by John Hill Burton, who wrote the lengthy "Introduction to the study of Bentham's works". The collected works were first issued in 22 parts, at 9 shillings each, between the years 1838 and 1843.... Learn More
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  59. 97501
    First edition, comprising "a popular selection in one volume of Bentham's writings" (Muirhead), serving as an introduction to utilitarianism. John Hill Burton had previously edited the works of Bentham in conjunction with Sir John Bowring. Learn More
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  60. 120454
    First London edition of all three parts of Bentham's famous but abortive Panopticon Penitentiary Scheme. Both the second Postscript and the plates were delayed in being printed and "very few copies of either the London or the Dublin editions have all the engravings According to Bentham, most of the plates were destroyed... Learn More
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