Essayes Written in French

“THE UNFOLDING OF A MIND OF GENIUS IN DIALOGUE WITH ITSELF”

MONTAIGNE. Essayes Written in French. London, 1613.

Second edition in English of Montaigne’s seminal masterpiece, with the important Elizabethan translation of John Florio used by Shakespeare as a source for The Tempest (circa 1611), a work profoundly influenced by Lucretius, who is quoted almost a hundred times in the work, a splendid folio volume in contemporary calf boards. $16,000.

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Essays on Philosophical Subjects

"A FEW DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH… HE GAVE ORDERS TO DESTROY ALL HIS MANUSCRIPTS, EXCEPTING SOME DETACHED ESSAYS, WHICH HE ENTRUSTED TO THE CARE OF HIS EXECUTORS"

SMITH, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects. London, 1795.

First edition of this core volume of Smith's essays, issued posthumously, featuring the important first publication of History of Astronomy that seeks "to explain what drives 'philosophers' to ask the questions they do," an impressive wide-margined volume handsomely bound. $13,800.

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Ethics of Liberty

FIRST EDITION OF THE ETHICS OF LIBERTY, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY MURRAY ROTHBARD

ROTHBARD, Murray. Ethics of Liberty. Atlantic Highlands, N.J. 1982.

First edition of Rothbard's "second magnum opus… a pillar of the Rothbardian system" in its bold pursuit of principles introduced in Man, Economy and State, inscribed in the year of publication by Rothbard, the father of libertarianism: "To L— & L— F— Warmest regards to two genuine and uncompromising radical (i.e. genuine) libertarians. Murray Rothbard." $7200.

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Labor in Europe and America

“THE OLD WORLD IS NOT OUR WORLD… AMERICA IS FIRST"

GOMPERS, Samuel. Labor in Europe and America. New York and London, 1910.

First edition of famed AFL co-founder and president Gompers' controversial 1910 work contrasting labor movements in Europe and America, warmly inscribed: "In appreciation of a kindred spirit William O. Thompson By the Author. Saml. Gompers. Jan. 25. 1914. New York City," scarce in original gilt-lettered cloth. $2000.

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