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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.

Extremely rare 1791-1792 editions of Paine’s revolutionary classic, containing the scarce second edition of Rights of Man (Part I), issued within days of the first edition, together in one volume with the rarely found first edition, first issue of Part the Second. 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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“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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"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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"A DEFINING TEXT FOR RENAISSANCE HUMANISM, INFLUENCING BOTTICELLI, DA VINCI, GALILEO, MACHIAVELLI, MONTAIGNE AND SHAKESPEARE"

(CREECH, Thomas) LUCRETIUS. T. Lucretius Carus. Oxford, 1682.

First edition, first issue, in English of Roman poet Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, a seminal work in Western history, with Creech's controversial Preface, omitted from future editions, along with his "Life" of Lucretius." Creech's translation is heralded for introducing the West to Lucretius' nearly lost masterpiece that offered "key principles of a modern understanding of the world," as well as a "crucial guide" to Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed himself "an Epicurean" like Lucretius and gave the Declaration of Independence "a distinctly Lucretian turn" by naming "the pursuit of happiness" to be a pivotal American right, a splendid copy handsomely bound in full morocco. $13,500.

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"THE GREATEST JEWISH PHILOSOPHER OF THE 18TH CENTURY… THE 'JEWISH SOCRATES'"

(PLATO) MENDELSSOHN, Moses. Phaedon. London, 1789.

First edition in English, preceded by the 1767 first German edition, of Mendelssohn's "classic of rational psychology" on the immortality of the human soul, a defining work by the preeminent philosopher "who launched the Jewish thinking of the modern age," his tribute to Socrates modeled on Plato's dialogue the Phaedo, an especially rare uncut copy in original boards. $11,000.

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"THE MOST WORTHY… OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS"

LOCKE, John. Works of John Locke. London, 1768. Four volumes.

Seventh edition, the first quarto edition, first four-volume edition, of Locke's collected Works, with copper-engraved frontispiece portrait (I), a handsome set in beautiful contemporary calf gilt. $9000.

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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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“FEW MEN HAVE HAD A MORE MARKED INFLUENCE UPON THE RISING INTELLECT OF THE TIME”

MILL, John Stuart. System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive. London, 1843. Two volumes.

First edition of a classic text on logic by John Stuart Mill—"Britain's most important philosopher in the 19th century"—one of only 750 copies printed. $8000.

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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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