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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. $75,000.

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THE BIRTH OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD: RARE FIRST EDITION OF FRANCIS BACON’S NOVUM ORGANUM, 1620

BACON, Francis. Novum Organum. London, 1620.

First edition of Bacon’s Novum Organum (a “new instrument” to replace the old Organon of Aristotle), which had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method. $25,000.

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FLUDD’S “NEOPLATONIST—CABALIST—ALCHEMICAL INTERPRETATION
OF THE UNIVERSE”

FLUDD, Robert. Mosaicall Philosophy. London, 1659.

First edition in English of Fludd’s “grand synthesis of knowledge,” based on intricate, interwoven theories of mysticism, natural magic, Neoplatonism, alchemy, hermeticism and Paracelsianism, featuring numerous woodcut engravings. $24,000.

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1598 FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF ARISTOTLE’S ENORMOUSLY INFLUENTIAL POLITICS

ARISTOTLE. Aristotles Politiques, or Discourses of Government. BOUND WITH: TACITUS, Cornelius. Annales. BOUND WITH: The ende of Nero and beginning of Galba. London, 1598.

First edition in English of one of the world's most important and influential political texts, "the most valuable work on that branch of philosophy that has descended to us from antiquity," Bound together with a first edition in English of Tacitus' Annales and a second edition in English of his Ende of Nero and Beginning of Galba. $22,500.

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“LIBERTY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL HUMANITY”

WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. London, 1792.

First edition of Wollstonecraft's classic work on freedom, equality and education, with Volume I the only volume published, a splendid copy handsomely bound. $19,500.

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VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF MARX’S MAGNUM OPUS, DAS KAPITAL

MARX, Karl. Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production. London, 1887. Two volumes.

First edition in English of the first part of Marx’s landmark Das Kapital, the only part published in his lifetime, containing substantial revisions made by Marx for the first French translation, this two-volume work edited by Engels and translated from the third German edition. A very scarce and important printing of a seminal work in economic and political thought. $17,000.

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INSCRIBED BY EDMUND BURKE

BURKE, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. London, 1790.

Rare third edition, published within weeks of the first edition, of Burke's important and controversial attack on the French Revolution, presentation/association copy, inscribed in Burke's hand "From the author" on the title page above the owner signature of prominent British statesman, financier and close Burke associate Stephen T. Adey, with Adey's owner signature also on the first text leaf. A handsome copy in contemporary calf. $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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“GAVE LOCKE A PERMANENT PLACE AMONG THE FOUNDERS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY”

[LOCKE, John]. Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest. London, 1692. First edition of Locke’s important economic tract, “one of the scarcest and also one of the most important of his writings on mercantile and monetary theory” (AMEX Bank Library 269). $15,000.

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FRANKLIN ON THE COLONIES, THE STAMP ACT, WEALTH AND WEATHER

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Political, Miscellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces. London, 1779. First edition, octavo issue, of this major collection of Franklin's writings, many printed here for the first time, containing his powerful testimony before Parliament in 1766, in which his eloquent answers to questions about the Stamp Act and other incendiary measures made Franklin "the foremost spokesman for the American cause," printed with "substantially the same setting of type" as same year's quarto issue, with frontispiece portrait of Franklin, especially scarce in contemporary calf. $12,500.

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