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Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

With an introduction by Bertrand Russell, F.R.S.

London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1922 Stock Code: 139372

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First edition in English, and the first edition in book form, following initial publication in German the previous year in the journal Annalen der Naturphilosophie. That publication - under the title Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung - was plagued with errors, to the extent that Wittgenstein told a friend that he regarded it as a "pirated edition" (Monk, p. 205). Wittgenstein corrected the text for this edition, which prints the original German parallel with the English translation by Charles Kay Ogden and Frank Plumpton Ramsey. It was the only philosophical work by Wittgenstein to be published in his lifetime, save for a short lecture printed in the Aristotelian Society journal in 1929.
The cornerstone text of Logical Positivism and of the Cambridge school of analytic philosophy, the Tractatus articulates the relationship of language and reality, and defines the limits of science. Now universally recognized as one of the philosophical masterpieces of the 20th century, the work was far from an overnight success. Slow sales of those copies bound on publication meant that first edition sheets were subsequently bound up, as demand required, some years later. In this instance, the copy was bound and issued in 1931, with an 18-page catalogue dated that year.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.


Parallel text in German and English.


Spine with very light crease and minor bump at foot, minor rubbing along foot of front cover, endpapers lightly toned but contents clean. A particularly nice copy, bright, square, tight, and clean.


Lapoint, Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Comprehensive Bibliography, p. 4. Blackwell & Ruja (Russell's introduction) B11.1a. See Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, 2012.


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