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“THE FIRST MODERN ATTEMPT TO ANALYSE HUMAN KNOWLEDGE”

LOCKE, John. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. London, 1690.

Rare first edition, first issue, of Locke's remarkable study of the nature of knowledge, a fundamental work in the history of Western thought. Locke's investigation was continued by David Hume and Immanuel Kant; John Stuart Mill considered Locke to be the founder of the analytic philosophy of mind. An excellent, wide-margined copy of Locke's most famous work, a touchstone of the Age of Enlightenment, with extensive marginalia in a neat early hand indicating that this copy was well-read. $65,000.

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"I WOULD STAND UPON FACTS. WHY NOT SEE, USE OUR EYES? DO MEN KNOW NOTHING?"

THOREAU, Henry David. Writings. Boston and New York, 1906. Twenty volumes.

Manuscript Edition, beautifully bound and illustrated, number 12 of 600 copies, with a remarkable manuscript leaf with over 900 words in Thoreau's hand from his first letter to Harrison Blake, arguably Thoreau's most important correspondent, echoing many of the themes of Walden. $37,500.

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“THE CLEAREST OF ALL EXPOSITIONS OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY” (PMM)

PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man. BOUND WITH: Part the Second. London, 1791, 1792.

Scarce early editions of both parts of Paine's revolutionary classic Rights of Man, each published within days of the extremely rare first editions: the second edition, first issue of Part I, bound together with the third edition of Part II. Paine's Rights of Man, one of his most important, influential, and best-selling works, is "the clearest of all expositions on the basic principles of democracy" (PMM), and remains "one of the most ardent and clear defenses of human rights, liberty, and equality in any language" (Fruchtman). Paine hoped the work "would do for England what his Common Sense had done for America" (Gimbel), but it resulted in the prosecution of Paine, his publishers and booksellers, and forced Paine to flee to France. $25,000.

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SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois, 1949.

Signed limited first edition of this study of Einstein's life and beliefs, number 409 of 760 copies signed and dated by Einstein, uncut and mostly unopened. This is an editor's presentation copy, inscribed by the editor of this work, founder of the Living Philosophers series and former president of the American Philosophical Association, Paul Schlipp. $16,500.

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“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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"IN POLITICAL ECONOMY I THINK SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS THE BEST BOOK EXTANT" (JEFFERSON): 1791 EDITION OF WEALTH OF NATIONS WITH 1792 EDITION OF HIS THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE "INVISIBLE HAND"

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth.of Nations… WITH: Theory of Moral Sentiments. London / Edinburgh, 1791, 1792. Five volumes.

Splendid set of Smith's Wealth of Nations, the first published after his death, sixth edition—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), together with Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, his first book, seventh edition—"Smith himself ranked it above Wealth of Nations"—rarely found together, a memorable five volumes from the library of leading German Neo-Kantian Heinrich Rickert, beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf gilt. $15,000.

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“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), from the library of noted British poet Peter Scuphaman, co-founder of Mandeville Press. $12,500.

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“THE MOST WORTHY… OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS”

LOCKE, John. Works. London, 1722. Three volumes.

1722 edition of the collected Works of Locke, who was ranked by Jefferson "with Bacon and Newton as the three greatest men that have ever lived," an impressive three folio volumes containing the exquisite copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue and full-page memorial plate, scarce in contemporary paneled calf boards. $8800.

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“ONE MAY JUSTLY HAIL ROUSSEAU AS THE DISCOVERER OF THE CHILD”

ROUSSEAU, J.J. Emilius. London, 1763. Two volumes.

First edition in English, published only one year after the first edition, of one of Rousseau's greatest works, with four (of six) engraved plates by Eisen, this copy extra-illustrated with 43 fine engraved plates by Ponce, Lorieux, Longueil, Marcret, Leclerc, Deveria and others—for a total of 47 engraved plates—in lovely full morocco-gilt by renowned French bookbinder Thierry sc. de Petit-Simier. $8000.

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