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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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“ONE OF THE GREATEST MASTERPIECES OF POLITICAL THEORY”

MONTESQUIEU, [Charles Louis] de Secondat, Baron de. Spirit of Laws. London, 1750. Two volumes.

First edition in English of Montesquieu's classic De L'Esprit Des Loix, an enormous influence on American and French revolutionary thought, translated by Thomas Nugent and published just two years after the first French edition, a beautiful copy in contemporary calf gilt. $21,000.

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RARE AND DESIRABLE ARCHIVE OF 17 KARL POPPER OFFPRINTS, SPEECHES, AND EXTRACTS, TEN INSCRIBED BY KARL POPPER

POPPER, Karl. Archive of offprints, speeches, and extracts, many inscribed. London, St. Albans, Oxford, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, 1947-89. Seventeen offprints, lectures, and extracts.

Rare and exceptional archives of 17 Karl Popper offprints, lectures, and extracts spanning his career from the late 1940s through the 1980s, ten inscribed on the front wrappers by Karl Popper. $17,500.

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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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"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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"THIRTY YEARS BEFORE LEXINGTON… HE DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT A THEORY ABOUT THE RIGHT OF RESISTANCE TO THE POLICIES OF THE MOTHER COUNTRY, LONG BEFORE FRANKLIN'S PLAN OR THE TROUBLED REIGN OF GEORGE III"

HUTCHESON, Francis. A A System of Moral Philosophy… To which is prefixed Some Account of the Life, Writings, and Character of the Author, by the Reverend William Leechman, D.D. Glasgow: 1755. Two volumes.

First edition of Hutcheson's seminal work, assembling his famed Glasgow lectures, many attended by Adam Smith, together in book form for the first time, defending "the right of resistance to government" and attacking slavery in "a new political and social vision that went far beyond Locke… the vision of a 'free society,''' his writings a pivotal influence on Jefferson in the Declaration, with a core chapter of this rare work seized upon by rebellious Americans to be reprinted in a 1772 issue of the Massachusetts Spy. $12,500.

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“I HAVE RESOLVED ON AN ENTERPRISE WHICH HAS NO PRECEDENT, AND WHICH, ONCE COMPLETE, WILL HAVE NO IMITATION”

ROUSSEAU, J(ean) J(acques). Les Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Geneve, 1782. Two volumes.

First edition of the first six books of the Confessions and the Reveries, Rousseau’s autobiographical masterpiece, handsomely bound. $12,000.

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"NO WORK IN OUR TIME GAVE SUCH A BLOW TO THE PHILOSOPHICAL MIND OF THE COUNTRY"

GODWIN, William. Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. WITH: Enquirer . London, 1796, 1797. Three volumes.

First octavo edition of Godwin's revolutionary masterwork, the first edition with his extensive revisions—"his passionate advocacy of individualism, his trust in the fundamental goodness of man, and his opposition to all restrictions on liberty have endured" (PMM)—a profound influence on Jefferson, viewed as Godwin's "American born counterpart," this work uniformly bound with the first edition of Godwin's Enquiry signed on the title page by William King, an especially memorable association set from the estate library of King, Eighth Baron King and First Earl of Lovelace, and his wife, Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and famed as the first computer programmer in her work with Babbage, each volume with estate library inkstamps, spines with gilt-stamped "K" monograms and "suns," in contemporary calf and marbled boards. $10,500.

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“MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT FINISHED MEN, BUT SKETCHES MERELY”

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Complete Works. Cambridge, 1903-04. Together, twenty-two volumes.

“Autograph Centenary” edition of Emerson's Works, together with his Journals, each number 158 of 600 copies, illustrated with 56 photogravures, with an autograph note tipped in Volume I of the Works requesting volumes by the French philosopher de Gerando. $9800.

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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. $9500.

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