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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across the vast subject of philosophy, ranging from epistemology, metaphysics and political and social philosophy.

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  1. Eichmann in Jerusalem.
    First edition in German, translated from the English by Brigitte Granzow. Originally published in 1963 by Viking Press, New York. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 100755

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  2. Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, the life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca.
    First edition in English of Machiavelli's famous handbook for rulers (1513, published Rome 1532), dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence from 1513. The Prince appears to have been banned from publication in England during the Elizabethan period, though translations circulated in manuscript. It was so controversial... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 107613

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  3. An Essay on the Principle of Population;
    Second edition, first published in 1798. "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries and periods. Although nominally a second edition, it was regarded by Malthus as a substantially new work.... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 96622

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  4. Tri sily. Publichnoe chtenie. (Three Forces; A Public Reading.)
    "In the academic year 18767 Soloviev returned to teaching and worked on a second book, The Philosophical..."> Scarce first edition of the Russian philosopher, theologian, poet, pamphleteer and literary critic Vladimir Soloviev's rousing lecture, "Three Forces", read to the Society of Amateurs of Russian Literature in April 1877.
    "In the academic year 18767 Soloviev returned to teaching and worked on a second book, The Philosophical... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 86058

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  5. Woman: A Vindication.
    £275

    Stock Code: 101329

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  6. Essays on Truth and Reality.
    First edition, first impression of this collection of essays in which Bradley developed his theory of absolute idealism, previously expounded in Appearance and Reality (1893). Bradley is remembered as one of the last idealists, and his philosophy was notably the subject of T. S. Eliot's unpresented doctoral thesis at Harvard,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112515

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  7. Die offene Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde.
    First edition in German of Popper's The Open Society and its Enemies, originally published in English in 1945. Popper's classic debut contains within its analysis the seeds of his groundbreaking, if somewhat idiosyncratic, new methodology of inductive reasoning. In The Open Society and Its Enemies he traces, analyses, and... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111840

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  8. The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated;
    First edition. Priestley's mechanistic determinism largely endorsed Hume's view of necessity (in the Preface here Priestley recommends "some things very well written on it by Mr. Hume, and Lord Kaims") so successfully that it can be said to have overshadowed Hume in the free will and determinism debate of the late 18th century.... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111553

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  9. Nine Chains to the Moon.
    First edition, first printing of Fuller's second book, in which he outlined his technological strategy for maximising the social applications of energy resources. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112752

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  10. The Life of David Hume, Esq.  Written by Himself.
    First edition, second issue (with the misprint "himself" for "myself", line 3, p. 29), of the most endearing of autobiographies, bound with a related contemporary work. Hume was aware that, owing to his views on religious questions, the manner of his death would be a matter of public curiosity. So when, in My Own Life, he... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 108919

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  11. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Leipzig and Berlin: 1909

    First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum."... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112561

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  12. Appearance and Reality.
    First edition. Bradley was one of the last idealist philosophers. His work was notably the subject of T. S. Eliot's unpresented doctoral thesis at Harvard, which was eventually published in 1964 under the title Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F. H. Bradley. "When reflecting on why Bradley's writings and personality... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 112518

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  13. The Life and Writings.
    De Grand Luxe Republic edition of the centenary issue. Limited to 75 numbered sets, signed by the editor, of which this is number 7. Rare in the original publisher's binding. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 110541

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  14. Letters, on the Subject of the Concert of Princes, and the Dismemberment of Poland and France.
  15. The Spirit of Laws.
    First English edition. One of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought, L'Esprit des Loix was a huge influence both on English law, especially as mediated by William Blackstone, and on those who framed the American Constitution. Blackstone's Commentaries, Hamilton's Federalist Papers and Tocqueville's Democracy... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 111777

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  16. The Work of Mourning.
    First edition, first printing of this collection. Presentation copy, inscribed by Derrida to the poet and photographer Ira Cohen on the title page, "Pour Ira, de tout coeur, J.D." The book is a collection of eulogies, essays and condolences on the deaths of 14 writers and thinkers who were Derrida's friends or colleagues:... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111353

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  17. Utopia.
    First Kelmscott edition, one of 300 copies on paper, uncommon in this condition with the silk ties intact: "They are, incidentally, the most fragile part of the Kelmscott books and are broken on many copies" (Peterson p. xxxvi). The main text reproduces the second edition of Ralph Robinson's English translation, first published... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 110283

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  18. A Fragment on Mackintosh:
    First edition of the last published work of James Mill (1773-1836), Scottish political philosopher, staunch Benthamite, a key influence on David Ricardo, and father of John Stuart Mill. The Fragment is a stinging attack on Sir James Mackintosh's Dissertation on the Progress of Ethical Philosophy (1830), in which both Bentham's... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 110080

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  19. On Liberty.
    First edition of the work that perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy (ODNB). Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 111910

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