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WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig.

"Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung."

In Annalen der Naturphilosophie, XIV 3/4, edited by Wilhelm Ostwald.

Leipzig: Unesma G.m.b.H., 1921 Stock Code: 143905
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Wittgenstein's first published work, the earliest iteration of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, in the extremely rare journal format

First edition, first issue, of the extremely rare German language journal publication of Wittgenstein's earliest published work, published as pages 185-262 of volume XIV, parts 3 & 4 of Ostwald's Annalen der Philosophie, the entire issue paginated 185-308, plus the title page and table of contents leaf for the whole volume. The journal further includes two works by A. Ölzet-Newin, one by Fritz Dehnow, a review of a new book by Joseph Petzold, and the contents page for the full four-part journal.

It was published in book form the following year with parallel English translation by C. K. Ogden and F. P. Ramsey under the title Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

Bertrand Russell's foreword for the edition secured the publication of Wittgenstein's work. "'In any other case I should have declined to accept the article', Ostwald wrote to Dorothy Wrinch on 21 February: 'But I have such an extremely high regard for Mr Bertrand Russell, both for his researches and for his personality, that I will gladly publish Mr Wittgenstein's article in my Annalen der Naturphilosophie: Mr Bertrand Russell's Introduction will be particularly welcome'". Wittgenstein replied on 28 November: "'I must admit I am pleased my stuff is going to be printed'" (Monk, pp. 203-4).

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Description

Octavo, the entire issue. Original orange pictorial paper wrappers, sewn as issued, spine and wrappers lettered in black. Housed in a black cloth box with chemise.

Condition

Spine ends very slightly worn, fore-edge of wrappers minimally chipped, short (10 mm) marginal tear to the last two leaves and rear wrapper; a very well preserved copy, uncut and entirely unopened, as issued.

Bibliography

Fann p. 405; Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius (1990).

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