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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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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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“THE WORKS OF PLATO MAY BE PROPERLY CONSIDERED THE SCRIPTURES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD

PLATO. Works. London, 1804. Five volumes. First edition of the first complete English translation of Plato’s works, prepared by the leading Platonist of his day, still considered unequaled. From the library and with the bookplates of Francis Currer, “England’s earliest female bibliophile” and close friend of Charlotte Brontë, who reportedly adopted the pseudonym of Currer Bell in honor of her. Handsomely bound. $18,000.

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

ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. The Confessions of J.J. Rousseau. London, 1783.

Rare first edition in English of Rousseau’s magnificent Confessions and Reveries (its sequel and complement), considered among Rousseau’s finest works, in contemporary marbled boards. $15,000.

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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 in contemporary gilt-stamped calf boards. $15,000.

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"STEAM IS ALMOST AN ENGLISHMAN. I DO NOT KNOW BUT THEY WILL SEND HIM TO PARLIAMENT NEXT"

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Complete Works. Cambridge, 1903-04. Twelve volumes.

“Autograph Centenary” edition, number 32 of 600 copies, illustrated with 56 photogravures, with original manuscript leaf in Emerson’s hand discussing English industry in Volume I, beautifully bound. $13,000.

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“THE IMAGINATION IS NOT A TALENT OF SOME MEN, BUT IS THE HEALTH OF EVERY MAN”

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Complete Works. Cambridge, 1903-04. Twelve volumes.

“Autograph Centenary” edition, number 37 of 600 copies, illustrated with 56 photogravures, with original manuscript leaf in Emerson’s hand discussing poetry and imagination mounted in Volume I, handsomely bound. $12,500.

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"HIS INTELLECTUAL ENERGY WAS UNABATED"

HOBBES, Thomas. Decameron Physiologicum. London, 1678.

Rare first edition of Hobbes' final work, a "new set of dialogues on physical questions, in the fashion of the earlier ones, but now with a stroke added at Wallis' doctrine of gravitation," with large folding engraved plate of diagrams and three engraved diagrams in the text. An excellent copy in unrestored contemporary calf. $12,500.

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

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