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JAMES, William.

The Varieties of Religious Experience. A Study in Human Nature.

Being the Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion delivered at Edinburgh in 1901-1902.

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902 Stock Code: 136480
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From the Library of F. C. S. Schiller

First edition, first impression, of one of James's masterworks, with a printed presentation slip "From the Author", from the library of the Oxford philosopher F. "Canning" S. Schiller (1864-1937), with his pencil annotations throughout.

James focuses on four central topics: the "experiential approach and the generic meaning of religion; the sick soul, the divided self, and the process of regeneration; saintliness, or the concrete fruits of religion and their value; and the bearing of mysticism on the truth of religion" (Smith p. xxiii). It was published on the day of his final lecture (9 June 1902) and, though there is some uncertainty over the publication date of the American edition of the same year, it is widely agreed to be later than this UK edition. "Few books written in this century on the subject of religion have had an initial impact and a continuing influence equal to that of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience" (Smith, p. xi).

With a printed presentation slip "From the Author" pasted to the front pastedown, and from the library of the Oxford philosopher F. "Canning" S. Schiller (1864-1937), with his pencil annotations throughout. Schiller was "the chief promoter of pragatism in England" (Richardson, William James in the Maelstrom of American Modernism, p. 367) and a lifelong champion of William James and his Theories.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, paper label to spine printed in black and ruled in red, black endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the publisher's catalogue to the rear.


Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, paper spine label a little chipped; underlining and marginalia in pencil (see below); a very good copy.


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