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ACKERMANN, Wilhelm. Solvable Cases of the Decision Problem.
Amsterdam : 1954First edition, first printing, addressing the decision problem of logical calculus, which has no general solution, but is here discussed with the kinds of formulas for which a decision method is available, and offering an exposition of the principal existing methods. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145777
ANTIUNIVERSITY OF LONDON. Poster announcing the opening of the Antiuniversity of London.
Leicester : [c. February 1968]A striking promotional poster announcing the opening of the Antiuniversity of London on 12 February 1968 and advertising a list of its faculty members, including most of the major names in London's counter-culture: from Alexander Trocchi and Jeff Nuttall to the black liberationists Obi Egbuna and Calvin Hernton, feminist psychoanalyst Juliet Mitchell,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 132164
ARROW, Kenneth J. Social Choice and Individual Values.
New York : 1951First edition, first printing, of Arrow's brilliant doctoral thesis, published as number 12 in the series of Cowles Commission Monographs.
"Employing the notational system of symbolic logic, at the time unfamiliar to economists, Arrow proposed to solve a question in politics which no economist and few political scientists had ever posed: suppose... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142548
AUSTIN, J. L. Sense and Sensibilia.
Oxford : 1962First edition, first impression, of this series of lectures on perception, delivered by Austin from 1948 to 1959. "His general target was the phenomenalist doctrine that the argument from illusion shows that we never perceive, or directly perceive, material objects but only sense data, ideas, impressions, or sensa Sense and Sensibilia helped to put... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 129319
AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.
London : 1977First 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
BACON, Francis. The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall, of Francis Lo. Verulam, Viscount St. Alban. Newly enlarged.
London : 1632Third Haviland edition; the economist Nassau William Senior's copy. In 1625 John Haviland published the first complete, and definitive, edition of Bacon's essays, the last to appear in Bacon's lifetime. Comprising fifty-eight essays, it was greatly expanded from the first edition, published in 1597, which numbered just ten essays within a slim octavo... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132335
BACON, Roger. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus
London : 1733First edition, one of 30 large paper copies, of Bacon's most important work, one of the supreme philosophical and scientific achievements of the Middle Ages. William Bowyer's records show a further 220 copies were printed on smaller paper.
The Opus Majus was written in the 1260s but remained unpublished until the present edition. Samuel Jebb... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 128868
BAUER, Bruno. Russland und das Germanenthum.
Charlottenburg : 1853First 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 at the results, it originated... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 130780
BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First 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
BEATTIE, James. Elements of Moral Science.
Edinburgh : 1790First edition, volume I only; volume II was published in 1793. As the professor of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College, Aberdeen from 1760 to 1803, Beattie delivered some 300 or so lectures annually to final year arts students. "He was a gifted and conscientious teacher, as shown by the surviving notes taken in his lectures by his students,... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 118366
BECCARIA, Cesare, marchese di. Opere diverse.
Naples : 1770-1First edition of the collected works of the father of modern penology, including his celebrated Dei delitti e delle pene, which was first published in 1764. From the library of archivist and civil servant Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent under-secretary of state for... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 114251
BENTHAM, Jeremy - BURTON, John Hill (ed.) Benthamiana: Or, select Extracts from the Works of Jeremy Bentham.
Edinburgh : 1843First 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.
Stock Code: 97501
BENTHAM, Jeremy - HALEVY, Elie. The Growth of Philosophical Radicalism.
London : 1952Fourth edition in English (first English edition published in 1928), with C. W. Everett's Bibliography of Bentham's works at the end (pages 522-546), and an index. Learn More£30.00
Stock Code: 103802
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Œuvres, jurisconsulte anglais.
Brussels : 1829-30First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 123580
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Constitutional Code; for the Use of all Nations and all Governments professing Liberal Opinions.
London : 1830First edition, all published, of Bentham's Constitutional Code, the only edition published in his lifetime. "The massive, unfinished Constitutional Code, the major work of his final decade, established Bentham as a major theorist of constitutional democracy" (F. Rosen & J. H. Burns, preface to the 1983 Clarendon Press edition, p. xliv). He drafted the... Learn More£1,750.00
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BENTHAM, Jeremy. Autograph letter signed to Sir John Anderson.
Queen's Square Place, Westminster : 1802Autograph 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
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BENTHAM, Jeremy. Théorie des peines et des récompenses.
Paris & London : 1818Second 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, 1830), both translated and... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 101528
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized: as shewn in the several papers comprised in this volume.
London : 1830First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system of proposed Constitutional... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 101415
BENTHAM, Jeremy. The Book of Fallacies: from Unfinished Papers.
London : 1824First edition. "The substance of this treatise, drawn up from the most unfinished of all Mr. Bentham's Manuscripts, has already been published in French by M. Dumont" (Preface). A host of fallacies are detected and analysed, for instance the Argument from the Wisdom of Our Ancestors; the Hobgoblin Argument or 'No Innovation'; the Official Malefactors... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 101331
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Théorie des peines et des récompenses.
London : 1811First 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 that his name and views... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 98719
BENTHAM, Jeremy. The Works,
Edinburgh : 1843First 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. "The Works are not complete,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126241
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Essai sur la nomenclature et la classification des principales branches d'art-et-science.
Paris : 1823First edition in French, translated by George Bentham, of extracts from part two of Jeremy Bentham's Chrestomathia, his plan for higher education amongst the middling and higher ranks of life. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 101337
BERGSON, Henri. Le Rire.
Paris : 1924Later 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
BERKELEY, George. Siris: A Chain of Philosophical Reflexions and Inquiries Concerning the Virtues of Tar Water,
Dublin : 1744First 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
BETHEL, Slingsby. The Interest of Princes and States.
London : 1680First edition of Bethel's observations on the commercial and constitutional circumstances of different states, based on his travels around Europe in the 1660s after serving in the Rump Parliament. The section on England is expanded from his The Present Interest of England Stated of 1671. Bethel, a republican, is careful not to attack the British Restoration,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 132095
BLACKSTONE, Sir William. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
Oxford : 1765-9First edition of volumes I, III and IV, second edition of volume II. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history... Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine... Blackstone's great... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 130572
BLAKE, William. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Clairvaux : 1960First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy VIII of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136923
BLAKE, William; ELLIS, Edwin John, & W. B. Yeats (eds.) The Works of William Blake.
London : 1893First edition, one of 150 large paper copies in the deluxe binding; there were also 500 copies in cloth. Yeats had "marked down William Blake as a master early on, and with Edwin Ellis produced a large-scale commentary on Blake's prophetic writings in 1893. While often erratic and idiosyncratic, it helped establish the importance of Blake's esoteric... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136158
BLEWITT, George. An Enquiry Whether A general Practice of Virtue tends to the Wealth or Poverty, Benefit or Disadvantage of a People?
London : 1725First edition of this counterblast to Bernard Mandeville. Blewitt's treatise is firstly against the Fable of the Bees, in which Mandeville argued private greed and vice benefit the public as a whole. The Fable was first published in book-form in 1714 but had a resurgence in the mid-1720s with enlarged second, third, and fourth editions published in... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 134421
BODIN, Jean. Les six livres de la republique.
Paris : 1577Third edition (the second authorized) of Bodin's masterpiece, which "had an immense influence all over Europe. This is a re-setting of the original edition of 1576, with a pagination jump from 519 to 552 and with 54 terminal pages of contents. The work is, in effect, the first modern attempt to create a complete system of political science. Its basis... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 118512
BONAR, James. Philosophy and Political Economy in Some of their Historical Relations.
London : 1893First edition of this study of how economic analysis has been closely influenced by the course of political philosophy. "Its discussion of utilitarianism... can be still read with profit and his command of things 'German' - from Kant, Fichte and Hegel down to Richard Wagner - is impressive" (The New Palgrave). A Scottish civil servant, James Bonar's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 127159
BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.
Venice : 1589First edition. Botero's work is in two parts. The first part is his most famous contribution to political philosophy. Entitled "The Reason of State", Botero provides an extended discussion of the moral question of acting in the state's best interests, and offers a direct rebuttal to the ideas espoused by Machiavelli. A champion of the counter-reformation,... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 124167
BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci.
Venice : 1589First edition of a neglected masterpiece in the history of economics. Schumpeter writes: "Divested of nonessentials, the 'Malthusian' Principle of Population sprang fully developed from the brain of Botero in 1589: populations tend to increase, beyond any assignable limit, to the full extent made possible by human fecundity (the virtus generativa of... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 126573
BOULDING, Kenneth E. The Image.
Ann Arbor : 1956First 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
BRADLEY, Francis Herbert. Essays on Truth and Reality.
Oxford : 1914First edition, collecting together the essays of the influential British idealist philosopher, "arguing for 'the identity of truth knowledge and reality' (p. 113) and vehemently rejecting all alternatives, including not solely the copy-theory, but also any understanding of the concept of truth in terms of pragmatic success" (Stanford Encyclopedia of... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 144679
BÜCHNER, Ludwig. Force and Matter:
London : 1864First edition in English of Kraft und Stoff, "the gospel of materialism" (PMM) and a classic of 19th-century philosophy, first published in Germany in 1855. Büchner contributed an important preface to the present edition, in which he reflects upon the importance of Darwin's discoveries to his philosophy. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 126744
BURKE, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
London : 1782Ninth edition of Burke's treatise on aesthetics, first published in 1757.
The Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable treatise"; and Kant describing Burke as "the foremost author" in "the... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 144789
BURKE, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
Chiswick : 1825An attractively printed and bound copy of Burke's great work on aesthetics.
First published in 1757, the Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable treatise"; and Kant describing Burke as "the... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 142413
BURNET, Gilbert; LOCKE, John. A treatise concerning the truth of the Christian religion.
Glasgow : 1743First Foulis edition of both works, and the first appearance in print of Burnet treatise, with Locke's treatise originally published in his posthumous works in 1706. The terminal advertisement leaves for Robert Foulis's press are present, and include an advertisement for his upcoming edition of Plato's Republic, the first edition in English. An uncommon... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 126863
BURNETT, Thomas. An Essay upon Government:
London : 1716First edition. Thomas Burnet(t) (d. 1750) was a priest and theologian who delivered sermons as part of the Boyle Lectures. His work consisted of explicatory essays on Christianity, including one aimed at children, as well as philosophical essays which "attempt to reason logically from positions assumed as axiomatic" (ODNB), such as the present work.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 116289
CAMPION, George G. The Riddle of the Sphinx: An Essay.
London : 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
CARACO, Albert. Le Mystère d'Eusèbe.
Buenos Aires : 1942First 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
CARLI, Gian Rinaldo. Von der physischen, moralischen und bürgerlichen Ungleichheit der Menschen.
Vienna : 1793First edition in German of the Italian economist and politician's treatise on Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality, first published in Padua the previous year. At the age of 24, Carli (1720-1795) became the newly established professor of astronomy and navigation at the University of Padua. After the publication of several works on history and economics,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 118262
CARNAP, Rudolf. The Logical Stucture of the World and Pseudoproblems in Philosophy.
Berkeley : 1967First edition in English, first printing, of the author's first book, a central document of analytical philosophy and crucial to the formation of "logical positivism", which was first published in German in 1928 under the title Der logische Aufbau der Welt. Rudolf Carnap (1891-1970) is considered one of the major philosophers of the Vienna Circle; The... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 124185
CASSIRER, Ernst. Substance and Function and Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Chicago and London : 1923First edition in English, first printing, in the scarce jacket. The two works were first published in German as Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff in 1910 and Einsteinschen Relativitätstheorie in 1921. Both relate Cassirer's Neo-Kantian approach to developments in science, the former in line with late-19th century developments which were still fundamentally... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141886
CLAVEL D'USSIERES, Henri de. Cyrus et Milto ou La République.
Geneva : 1796First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the 4th century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the Mirror for Princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Clavel d'Ussieres's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130689
COHEN, Paul J. Set Theory and the Continuum Hypothesis.
New York and Amsterdam : 1966First edition, first printing, of Cohen's Harvard lectures from Spring 1965, in which he gives a very readable introduction to both Set Theory and his remarkable results; the proof of the independence of the continuum hypothesis, a discovery for which he won a Fields medal in 1966. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 142682
CONDORCET, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de. Vie de M. Turgot.
London [i.e France] : 1786One of four editions of Condorcet's life of Turgot printed in 1786, this being Gerits's edition C. All four editions have London imprints but the latter three were printed in France. Condorcet was a strong supporter of Turgot, who had attempted to implement physiocratic ideas as the French finance minister from 1774 to 1776. His biography seeks to vindicate... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 124115
CONDORCET, Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat. Outlines of an Historical View of the Progress of the Human Mind:
London : 1795First edition in English of Esquisse d'un tableau historique des progrès de l'esprit humain, originally published earlier the same year in Paris. Condorcet's tract is the clearest and boldest statement of the enlightenment belief in progress. Condorcet wrote the work in 1794 while in hiding from Robespierre's agents, having voted against the execution... Learn More£1,250.00
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CONFUCIUS. Confucius Sinarum Philosophus, sive Scientia Sinensis Latine Exposita.
Paris : 1687First European edition of Confucius: the first three parts being Latin translations of the Ta Hsüeh, the Chung Yung, and the Lun Yü or Analects; and the fourth, Philippe Couplet's Tabula chronologica sinicae monicharchiae, listing Chinese kings from BCE 2952 to 1683 CE, with a separate title-page. The portrait of Confucius is the first to be published... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 144792
CONSIDERANT, Victor. Exposition abrégée du système phalanstérien de Fourier.
Paris : 1848Third edition of this lecture given in Dijon in 1841 on Charles Fourier's sociological theories. Victor Considerant (1808-1893) was a disciple of Fourier and perhaps the most significant promoter of the theorist's ideas, dedicating great effort to popularise the ideology. He went on to found a socialist colony in Texas, which promptly failed. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127683
CORDEMOY, Louis Géraud de. A Philosophicall Discourse concerning Speech,
London : 1668First edition in English. Géraud de Cordemoy (1626-1684), philosopher, historian and lawyer, was one of the leading Cartesians of his day; his Discours de la parole was first published at Paris in the same year, 1668. "In his day, judging from the speed with which his writings were translated into Latin and English, Cordemoy was a highly respected,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 110051
COULANGES, Fustel de. La Cité antique.
Paris : 1864First edition of the author's best known work, published at a time of renewed interest in religious history. "Its fundamental idea is that the beliefs of man are the determinants, and even the creators, of his institutions. In the preface to La Cité antique Coulanges wrote: 'The past never completely dies for men. Man may forget it, but he keeps it... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 114886
CROCE, Benedetto. An Autobiography.
Oxford : 1927First edition in English of the autobiography of the Italian philosopher and historian Benedetto Croce (1866-1952). The translator, the philosopher and historian R. G. Collingwood (1889-1943), was heavily influenced by Croce: "His work displays particularly close affinities with the philosophy of the Italians Croce and Gentile, though not with the latter's... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 130680
CUSA, Nicholas of. Of Learned Ignorance.
London : 1954First English translation of Nicolas of Cusa's major work, published in the series Rare Masterpieces of philosophy and Science.
"Nicholas of Cusa's most complete set of proposals about what is real occurs in his best-known work of 1440, De docta ignorantia: On Learned Ignorance. Here Cusanus addresses the four categorical realities traditionally... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 126155
DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall (ed.); MORE, Sir Thomas. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.
London : 1808First Dibdin edition of More's Utopia, a very attractive edition by the great bibliophile, which includes a bibliography of the early editions, and uses the text of the first English translation of 1551. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 138538
DIDEROT, Denis. Œuvres philosophiques et dramatiques.
Amsterdam : 1772First edition of Diderot's collected philosophical and theatrical works. It is rare to find a complete set as each volume has both a collective title page and its own, and could have been sold separately.
There were two editions of published in Amsterdam that year, the other being the octavo-format edition of Marc Michel Rey, though the present... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128660
DÖDERLEIN, Christian Albrecht. Ueber Toleranz und Gewissensfreyheit, nach den Grundsätzen des allgemeinen und protestantischen Kirchenrechts.
Berlin : 1777First edition of two works discussing tolerance and freedom of conscience, according to the principles of general and Protestant church law, written in reply to Lüdke's 1774 work on the same subject. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 114655