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  1. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus
    BACON, Roger. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus

    London : 1733

    First 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    The Opus Majus was written in the 1260s but remained unpublished until the present edition.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

  2. Les six livres de la republique.
    BODIN, Jean. Les six livres de la republique.

    Paris : 1577

    Third 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

  3. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.
    BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci. Con tre Libri Delle Cause Della Grandezza e Magnificenza Delle Città.

    Venice : 1589

    First 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

  4. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci.
    BOTERO, Giovanni. Della Ragion di Stato, Libri Dieci.

    Venice : 1589

    First 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

  5. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.
    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 : 1808

    First 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

  6. De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
    HESSUS, Helius Eobanus. De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:

    [Frankfurt : 1557

    The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (1488-1540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted in 1516 and 1550 and afterwards... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 108213

  7. Policraticus de nugis curialium et vestigijs philosophorum continens libros octo.
    JOHN OF SALISBURY. Policraticus de nugis curialium et vestigijs philosophorum continens libros octo.

    Lyon : 1513

    Second edition, first published in Brussels c. 1480, of John of Salisbury's Policraticus. Subtitled De nugis curialium et vestigiis philosophorum (Concerning the Frivolities of Courtiers and the Traditions of the Philosophers), it has been called "the first medieval treatise on political thought" (David Knowles in The Encyclopaedia of Philosophy).... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 101888

  8. The Life of Erasmus.
    KNIGHT, Samuel. The Life of Erasmus.

    Cambridge : 1726

    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 Jortin, a subsequent biographer... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 131300

  9. A Discourse upon the meanes of wel governing and maintaining in good peace, a kingdome, or other principalitie.
    MACHIAVELLI - GENTILLET, Innocent. A Discourse upon the meanes of wel governing and maintaining in good peace, a kingdome, or other principalitie.

    London : 1608

    Second edition in English of the work popularly known as the Anti-Machiavel, following the first English edition of 1602, here in contemporary English vellum. Gentillet's anti-Machiavellian treatise, first published in Geneva in 1576 as Discours sur les moyens de bien gouverner, included extensive excerpts of Machiavelli's The Prince for Gentillet's... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139023

  10. The Prince.
    MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. The Prince.

    London : 1929

    Number 5 of 10 copies printed on vellum. An attractive printing of Machiavelli's Prince by the De La More Press, reproducing the 1640 translation of Edward Dacres, the first full translation of the work into English; a further 1,040 copies were issued on paper.

    Of these ten copies on vellum, the only traceable appearances at auction were number... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 146886

  11. The Judgment of Humane Actions.
    MARANDÉ, Léonard de. The Judgment of Humane Actions.

    London : 1629

    First edition in English of Marandé's Jugement des actions humaines (1624), presenting six discourses on vanity, the senses, public opinion, the passions, felicity, and moral virtue. The book clearly reflects the influence of Montaigne, of whom Marandé was an avid reader. The translator in his preface praises the author as another Cornelius Agrippa,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 145969

  12. The Complete Works.
    MONTAIGNE, Michel de; William Hazlitt (ed.) The Complete Works.

    London : 1842

    First Hazlitt edition of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne's collected works, gathering his influential essays and letters. The present essays were originally published between around 1570 to 1592, and cover a wide variety of topics, from religion, philosophy, and classics, to solitude, age, drunkenness, anger, books, imagination, and many... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140342

  13. Plato Redivivus:
    NEVILLE, Henry. Plato Redivivus:

    London : 1681

    First edition of Neville's "most enduring political treatise" (ODNB), a significant work of English republican thought following the Restoration.

    "Here Neville's Harringtonian arguments of earlier years are much expanded. They are now trained on the Restoration monarchy at the time of the exclusion crisis, with much freedom of reflection on the... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 145751

  14. 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

  15. The Complete Works.
    RABELAIS, François. The Complete Works.

    London & New York : 1927

    First edition thus, illustrated by Papé, one of 4,300 numbered sets, this is "unnumbered for Review". Frank Cheyne Papé (1878-1972) was an English artist and illustrator who had studied at The Slade School of Fine Art. He was married to Alice Stringer, also an illustrator and fellow Slade student.

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    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139909

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