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  1. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius célèbre philosophe chinois.
    HELMAN, Isidore Stanislaus Henri. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius célèbre philosophe chinois.

    Paris : [1788]

    First edition, one of an unstated number of large paper copies, originally priced 18 livres and very much larger than the 12-livre quarto copies usually met with. Helman made the engravings illustrating the life of Confucius from a set of drawings sent from China to Paris by Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793), the French Jesuit missionary. The text... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 128821

  2. Bhagavad-Gita.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. Bhagavad-Gita.

    Hollywood : 1944

    First edition, first printing, of Isherwood's translation of this key scripture of Hinduism. Uncommon, especially in the jacket.

    Isherwood had immersed himself in the study of the Vedanta Scriptures during the Second World War, and was an active member of the Society for the following 35 years, occasionally lecturing at the Hollywood and Santa... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 144241

  3. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity.
    KEROUAC, Jack. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity.

    New York : 1960

    First edition, first printing, first issue, with the purple design by Jesse Sorentino to the front cover and priced at 95 cents on rear, of these 66 prose poems reflecting on Buddhist philosophy. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148792

  4. De rerum natura.
    LUCRETIUS CARUS, Titus. De rerum natura.

    Paris : 1744

    A handsomely bound copy of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE, "with a view to abolishing superstitious fears of the intervention of the gods in this world and of punishment by the gods in an afterlife" (Slavitt).

    It... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 146640

  5. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,
    MAXIMUS OF TYRE. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,

    London : 1740

    First edition edited by the "outstanding classical scholar" Jeremiah Markland, described by the printer and publisher John Nichols as "one of the most learned and penetrating critics of the eighteenth century" (cited in ODNB). This handsome quarto was printed by the learned and highly accomplished William Bowyer. Maximus of Tyre was a second century... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141409

  6. Confucian Analects.
    POUND, Ezra (trans.) Confucian Analects.

    New York : 1951

    First edition in book form, first printing, of Pound's translation of the Analects of Confucius, first published in the Hudson Review the previous year. "It is above all in the variegated moods and voices of The Analects that Pound finds expression for both sides of some of his most fundamental artistic and emotional ambivalences" (Zhaoming Qian, Ezra... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 142049

  7. Institutio Oratoria.
    QUINTILIAN, Marcus Fabius. Institutio Oratoria.

    Venice : 1521

    Second Aldine edition, following the first of 1514. The Aldine Quintilian was part of a series of Latin and Greek classics published by this press. This edition is dedicated to Giovanni Battista Ramusio (1485-1557), the Italian geographer and travel writer.

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    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 121292

  8. The Banquet.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Banquet.

    London : 1909 [1912]

    First edition thus, first impression, of one of the great texts on love in world literature and translated by one of its most enthusiastic exponents, in a fine press edition by the London County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts, under the direction of J. H. Mason who worked for the Doves Press.

    Scarce: WorldCat locates only one copy (University... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 143848

  9. Ocellus Lucanus on the Nature of the Universe.
    TAYLOR, Thomas (trans.) Ocellus Lucanus on the Nature of the Universe.

    London : 1831

    First edition of Taylor's translation of these four ancient Greek philosophers. The neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) was a prolific translator of ancient Greek writing, and was the first to translate the complete works of Plato and Aristotle into English. He was such a committed Hellenist that he and his wife are reputed to have conversed only... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 124726

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