Philosophy

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  1. 150039comp
    CRICK, Francis. The Astonishing Hypothesis.

    New York : 1994

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page "Best wishes to Dr. Dennis Wenger Francis Crick".

    British biochemist Francis Crick, together with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA in 1953, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962. In this volume, he grapples with the scientific and philosophical... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 150039

  2. De la grammatologie.
    DERRIDA, Jacques. De la grammatologie.

    Paris : 1967

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the French man of letter "Pour Maurice Nadeau, en Hommage, Jacques Derrida". This is a nice association copy of one of Derrida's major works.

    Maurice Nadeau (1911-2013) was "an oak tree under which the greatest writers of the 20th century sought shelter" (Lepape).... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 149917

  3. A Modern Theory of Ethics.
    STAPLEDON, Olaf. A Modern Theory of Ethics.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "A. M. Carr-Saunders, with compliments from W. O. S. 3rd February 1929". A Modern Theory of Ethics was Stapledon's first published work of prose, based on the thesis for his PhD in philosophy awarded at the University of Liverpool in 1925. The recipient,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 87348

  4. Proof of an External World.
    MOORE, George Edward. Proof of an External World.

    London : 1939

    First separate edition, presentation copy to his student and friend Rush Rhees, inscribed at the head of the front wrapper "R. Rhees from the author".

    Rhees (1905-1989) undertook a doctorate at Cambridge in the 1930s, with Moore as his supervisor for two years. At Cambridge, Reese attended the lectures of Wittgenstein, whereupon he became a... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 148917

  5. Personal Impressions.
    BERLIN, Isaiah. Personal Impressions.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the British jeweller, Fabergé expert, and basis for Fleming's Octopussy character, Jim Fanning, "Kenneth Snowman, with my warm regards. Isaiah Berlin, Oxford, July 1981". This is a great association copy of Berlin's biographical sketches of 20th-century scholars and statesmen.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148015

  6. Nietzsche.
    HEIDEGGER, Martin. Nietzsche.

    San Francisco : 1979-87

    First editions in English, first printings, inscribed by Krell on half-title of the second volume "For Larry Owens, This, my favourite of the four volumes, D. F. Krell, 12.I.96". A bright set of Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche.

    In these works, Heidegger treats only Nietzsche's unpublished writings as the repository of his true thought. In Heidegger's... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 146501

  7. Signed typescript defending political violence.
    VALLIÈRES, Pierre. Signed typescript defending political violence.

    1971

    Original signed typescript by Pierre Vallières (1938-1998), the intellectual leader of the Front de libération du Québec, defending the use of political violence to effect social change. The typescript was sent to the journalist and editor Ray Gardner (1919-1997), for publication as an article in the Toronto Star. The typescript, "La violence est-elle... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141435

  8. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
    BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.

    Edinburgh : 1806

    First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.

    Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 118450

  9. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
    NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,

    London : 1760

    The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 139669

  10. Dionysos.
    LINDSAY, Jack. Dionysos.

    London : [1925]

    First edition, sole issue, number 185 of 500 copies only signed by the author.

    "Lindsay extolled lyricism and colour imagery like that of de la Mare, W. H. Davies, and the Sitwells, the painting of Delacroix, Cézanne, and Turner, and the music of Beethoven and Wagner. His egotistical manifesto Dionysus (1928) demonstrated the early influences... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142592

  11. Essays and Aphorisms.
    ELIOT, T. S. - ORAGE, A. R. Essays and Aphorisms.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from S. C. Nott, who wrote the Biographical Note, to T. S. Eliot, "T. S. Eliot from S. C. Nott", on the half-title. This copy is number 588 of 1,000 copies printed for subscribers. Alfred Richard Orage (1873-1934) was editor of The New Age magazine, and a disciple of Gurdjieff.

    Eliot is mentioned... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141519

  12. Philosophie des Conjonctures Économiques.
    ROBBINS, Lionel - DUPRIEZ, Léon H. Philosophie des Conjonctures Économiques.

    Louvain & Paris : 1959

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy to the British economist Lionel Robbins, inscribed on the half-title "A Lionel Robbins en tres cordial hommage Léon Dupriez". A nice association: Robbins, along with Keynes, was the leading British economist during the inter-war period; at the London School of Economics, he "dominated the economics department... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141531

  13. The Riddle of the Sphinx: An Essay.
    CAMPION, George G. The Riddle of the Sphinx: An Essay.

    London : [1914]

    First and sole edition of this very scarce and interesting essay on education, printed for private circulation in presumably very small numbers. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "With the Author's Kind Regards, 22 Oct. 1914, G. G. C.". Campion (d. 1945) was consulting dental surgeon to the Manchester Dental Hospital. He... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141399

  14. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Le Totémisme Aujourd'hui.

    Paris : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Pour Claudie et Claude Tardits en amical hommage, Claude Levi Strauss", and with the recipient pencil annotations. Claude Tardits (1921-2007) was a French ethnologist and anthropologist specialised in Africa, best known for his thesis on the Bamoum kingdom, published in 1980.... Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 140937

  15. Selected Logic Papers.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Selected Logic Papers.

    New York : 1966

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Monty with Best regards Van". Selected Logic Papers brings together 23 of the author's papers on mathematical logic, written between 1934 and 1960, two of which are here published for the first time. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 132995

  16. Lettre de Fourier au grand juge (4 Nivôse an XII).
    PELLARIN, Charles. Lettre de Fourier au grand juge (4 Nivôse an XII).

    Paris : 1874

    First edition of one of Charles Fourier's important early writings, inscribed by the editor of the work and one of his most enthusiastic disciples, Charles Pellarin, "A madam Miyneros ?, Hommage de son dévoué condisciple Ch. Pellarin", on the half-title. François Marie Charles Fourier (1722-1837) is considered one of the founders of utopian socialism;... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 126495

  17. Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century.
    PALUMBO, Margherita, & Eugenio Sidoli (eds.) Books that Made Europe. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th Century.

    Brussels : 2016

    First edition, the companion work to an exhibition originally shown at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels, 1 of 750 copies for sale. "The exhibition Books that made Europe is a journey through 140 books spanning a period of approx. six hundred years, from 1468 to 1950. It investigates into why 500 million citizens, in 28 countries, speaking 24... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 115060

  18. The Power of Silence.
    DRESSER, Horatio W. The Power of Silence.

    Boston : 1895

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "Mrs I. S. Hackett with best wishes of Horatio W. Dresser May 31st 1895". This is the New Thought religious leader's first book: "it is a chapter from life, an appeal to life, and aims to give the thing itself, so far as possible, instead of talking... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117970

  19. Logic Without Metaphysics.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Logic Without Metaphysics.

    Glencoe, Illinois : 1956

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the American philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine (1908-2000), "To Van, with warm regards Ernest". Ernest Nagel (1901-1985) was a major contributor to the field of logical positivism, a field that influenced Quine, yet also one that he criticized.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 132999

  20. Teleology Revisited and Other Essays in the Philosophy and History of Science.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Teleology Revisited and Other Essays in the Philosophy and History of Science.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Carl Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, in admiration and with love, Ernest". Both Nagel (1901-1985) and Hempel were central to the logical positivist movement, along with Popper and Kaplan, though Nagel supported Hempel's gradual turn towards logical empiricismduring... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 123053

  21. Principles of the Theory of Probability.
    NAGEL, Ernest. Principles of the Theory of Probability.

    Chicago : 1939

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead on the front free endpaper: "To Professor A. N. Whitehead with the esteem of Ernest Nagel". The English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) was a seminal figure in process philosophy, and together with Bertrand Russell, wrote... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132994

  22. Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar Water,
    BERKELEY, George. Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar Water,

    Dublin : 1744

    First edition, presentation copy with "From the Author" written in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper, and from the library of the Bloomsbury Group member Lytton Strachey, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Strachey's library contained various works by 18th-century philosophers, reflecting his own interest in philosophy and the intense... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135077

  23. Regarder écouter lire.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Regarder écouter lire.

    Paris : 1993

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Raymond Firth warmest regards Levi-Strauss". Firth (1901-2002) was a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and student of Bronislaw Malinowski, whom he succeeded as Professor Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 1944, remaining there for twenty-four years. Lévi-Strauss... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 132941

  24. Dos poetas españoles. Federico García Lorca. Rafael Alberti.
    SCARPA, Roque Esteban. Dos poetas españoles. Federico García Lorca. Rafael Alberti.

    Santiago : 1935

    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de Maeztu, my devotion to his marvellously... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 132519

  25. Quiddities.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Quiddities.

    Cambridge, MA & London : 1987

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Best wishes to Gail and Tom". Quiddities gathers Quine's thoughts on more than 80 topics, arranged alphabetically from "Alphabet" to "Zero" and encompassing discussion of "Constructivism", "Free Will", "Gödel's Theorem", "Kinship of Words", "Language Drift", "Space-Time",... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 130927

  26. Le Rire.
    BERGSON, Henri. Le Rire.

    Paris : 1924

    Later edition in book form, presentation copy to the Swedish diplomat and Francophile Count Albert Ehrensvärd, inscribed by Bergson on the half-title, "à Monsieur le Comte Albert Ehrensvärd en dévoué hommage H. Bergson".

    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland between the years 1908-18,... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 129302

  27. The Image.
    BOULDING, Kenneth E. The Image.

    Ann Arbor : 1956

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "To Rusty, with affectionate greetings, Kenneth" on the front free endpaper. This work was "the 'product' of Boulding's sojourn at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences in Palo Alto, California. There he met many of his contemporaries, who, he says, had a profound influence... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 124812

  28. Die Idee der Universität.
    JASPERS, Karl. Die Idee der Universität.

    Berlin & Heidelberg : 1946

    Second edition, extensively revised (first 1923), presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the poet Stephen Spender in ink on the front cover. Scarce: WorldCat locates just two copies, both in Denmark. Considered one of the "most important 'representatives of European consciousness'" at the time, Spender attended the "Recontres Internationales... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 123142

  29. Le Mystère d'Eusèbe.
    CARACO, Albert. Le Mystère d'Eusèbe.

    Buenos Aires : 1942

    First edition, first printing, very scarce in commerce, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "Pour 'Message' Londres. Avec les hommages et les voeux de l'auteur. Albert Caraco. Buenos Aires, le 25.9.42, Calle Pino 3426". The London-based periodical Message: Belgian Review was published during 1941-46 and reviewed Caraco's... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 121460

  30. An attempt to solve some of the difficulties of the Berkleyan controversy, by well-ascertained physiological and psychological facts;
    FOWLER, Richard. An attempt to solve some of the difficulties of the Berkleyan controversy, by well-ascertained physiological and psychological facts;

    Salisbury : [1859]

    First edition, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to George Matcham with his "kind regards". In each pamphlet Fowler contends with Berkeley's arguments against matter, striving to explain their obscurities through the use of accessible biological and medical examples. Fowler (1765-1863) was the leading physician at the Salisbury Infirmary.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121151

  31. Part of My Life.
    AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben Rogers is laid in to the front (20 June 1999).... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 117409

  32. The Elements of Moral Science.
    WAYLAND, Francis. The Elements of Moral Science.

    New York : 1835

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to "Mrs Arnold", that is, Frances Arnold, mother of historian Samuel Greene Arnold. Economist and educator Francis Wayland (1796-1865) was president of Brown University for 28 years and a highly regarded author on moral philosophy. Samuel Greene Arnold was a trustee of Brown University... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 117226

  33. Time and Western Man.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. Time and Western Man.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To H. E. Dounce, from Wyndham Lewis, October 1927". Harry Esty Dounce (1889-1947) was an American journalist and book reviewer. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 115120

  34. Candide.
    VOLTAIRE; KENT, Rockwell (illus.) Candide.

    New York : 1928

    Signed limited edition, number 323 of 1,470 copies signed by the artist. Candide is recognised as Voltaire's magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; the "flawless" format of this edition paired with Kent's acclaimed illustrations "brought instant recognition as a masterpiece" (Johnson). This copy is in the dust jacket, which is... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 113379

  35. Autograph letter signed to Sir John Anderson.
    BENTHAM, Jeremy. Autograph letter signed to Sir John Anderson.

    Queen's Square Place, Westminster : 1802

    Autograph letter signed to Sir John William Anderson (c. 1736-1813), MP for London 1793-1806, discussing the expense of supporting convicts, prompted by the debate resulting from the third reading of the Convicts Transportation Bill in parliament the day before. The letter was sent accompanied by a copy of the first of Bentham's "Letters to Lord Pelham".... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 106092

  36. The Book of the New Moral World:
    OWEN, Robert. The Book of the New Moral World:

    London : 1836

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "With the author's kind regards". Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 87776

  37. On Going to Church.
    SHAW, George Bernard. On Going to Church.

    East Aurora, NY : 1896

    First edition, pirated by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft movement. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "I repudiate all responsibility for this bowdlerised piracy. Elbert Hubbard, who perpetrated it, is dead. Why not bury it with him? G. Bernard Shaw. 27/5/22." Additionally inscribed by Hubbard on the front free endpaper, "To Leonard... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 73675

  38. Los Métodos de la Lógica.
    QUINE, Willard Van Orman. Los Métodos de la Lógica.

    [1980s]

    Second edition, Spanish language translation. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt un saludo de Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 68123

  39. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.
    MUIR, Edwin, as Edward Moore. We Moderns: Enigmas and Guesses.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, of the first book of the Scottish poet, novelist and translator Edwin Muir. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a Glaswegian friend on the front free endpaper using his pseudonym, "To Mrs Stobo from Edward Moore in memory of many charming hours. 31st May, 1918". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 67586

  40. James Joyce: Trivial and Quadrivial.
    JOYCE, James - MCLUHAN, Marshall. James Joyce: Trivial and Quadrivial.

    New York : spring 1953

    Offprint with the ownership inscription of poet and academic Ronald Bates to the front wrapper and his pencilled notes to the contents. Ronald Gordon Nudell Bates (1924-1995) earned his PhD from the University of Toronto, the subject of his doctoral thesis being James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. His teaching career was spent at the universities of Upsala,... Learn More
    £520.00

    Stock Code: 60922

  41. Janus.
    KOESTLER, Arthur. Janus.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " To Tony, hopefully, from Arthur". Koestler had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 1976, the effects of which are evident here. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 61022

  42. Earthly Discourse.
    STEINBECK, John - WOOD, Charles Erskine Scott. Earthly Discourse.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To John & Carol Steinbeck in sorrow for their un-social thought and behavior, 'The Cats', Los Gatos California, November 11 1938". He has also autographed the frontispiece.

    Wood (1852-1944) was a writer, lawyer, and prominent supporter of radical causes, and Earthly Discourse is a collection... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 59244

  43. Beyond the Outsider.
    WILSON, Colin. Beyond the Outsider.

    1965

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Sheila Hancox, in the year of publication. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 31339

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