"MANY OF MILL'S IDEAS ARE NOW THE COMMONPLACE OF DEMOCRACY": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN STUART MILL'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, 1873
MILL, John Stuart. Autobiography. London: Longmans, Green, Reader and Dyer, 1873. Octavo, original pebbled green cloth. $1250.
First edition, first issue, of Mill's "pioneering" autobiography, primarily written in the 1850s and "revised at the time of writing" by his wife, Harriet Taylor Mill, issued posthumously the same year as his death, a splendid copy in original cloth.
"Few lives have been more closely scrutinized than that of John Stuart Mill" (ODNB). Through works such as On Liberty (1859), Considerations on Government (1861) and Subjection of Women (1869), "many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplace of democracy, His arguments for freedom of speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority, and his warning against it has a contemporary ring" (PMM 345). "Mill's Autobiography, composed mainly during the 1850s but not published until after his death in 1873, was a pioneering essay in the literary genre of psychological self-analysis… it was carefully revised at the time of writing by his wife, Harriet Taylor, née Hardy," who died in 1858 (ODNB). First issue, with the advertising leaf and no errata. PMM 345 (notes). Bookseller ticket.
Only light rubbing to spine of original unrestored cloth. A near-fine copy.