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London: George Allen and Unwin, 1946.
First edition of this classic work that is universally acclaimed as the most outstanding work on the subject of Western philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Signed copies are exceptionally rare, none have appeared at auction in 60 years.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Magnum Opus A Theory of Justice; Signed by Him
Cambridge, MA: Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Rawls on the front free endpaper. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing. From the library of Daniel Bell. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Books signed by Rawls are rare.
“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought": First Edition of John Rawls Masterpiece A Theory of Justice
Cambridge, MA: Belnap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.
First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Small numbers on the copyright page, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Boston: S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1746.
First edition of Edwards’ Great Awakening classic. Octavo, bound in contemporary full calf. In very good condition with some light rubbing and wear to the extremities. First editions are rare and desirable.
New York: Random House, 1988.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Elaine Pagels on the title page. Some dusting to the top edge, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears.
Etching of Albert Einstein done by German printmaker J.J. Muller in 1934. Signed by Muller and also signed by Albert Einstein on the lower right side. In fine condition. The etching measures 7 inches by 9 inches. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 21 inches. An exceptional piece.
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German, “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. The entire piece measures
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Large Lithograph of Nobel Peace Prize-Winner Albert Schweitzer; Signed by Him and Artist William Sharp
Signed by the artist William Sharp in pencil. Inscribed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “A Mr John Zuber avec mes bonnes pensees Albert Schweitzer. Lambarene 13. Juin 1960.” The translation reads, “To Mr John Zuber with my good wishes Albert Schweitzer Lambarene 13th June 1960.” Schweitzer received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”, expressed in many ways, but most famously in founding and sustaining the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, now in Gabon, west central Africa. The lithograph measures 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 22.5 inches. A unique piece, rare and desirable.
“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace": First Edition of The Dalai Lama's An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life; Signed by Him
Boston: Little Brown and Company, 2001.
First edition. Octavo, original boards. Signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Nicholas Vreeland. Afterword by Khyongla Rato and Richard Gere.
“Only the refusal to listen guarantees one against being ensnared by the truth": Rare First Edition of Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Signed by Him
New York: Basic Books, 1974.
First edition of the author’s foundational text in classic liberalism thought. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Robert Nozick on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Signed first editions are exceptionally rare; this is the first example we have seen or handled.
"The prescription of the equality of human beings is not a description of an alleged actual equality among humans: it is a prescription of how we should treat human beings": First Edition of Animal Liberation; Inscribed by Peter Singer
London: Jonathan Cape, 1976.
First British edition of the Singer’s landmark book. Octavo, original cloth. Lengthily signed by the author on the half-title page as follows, “All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this fact: In suffering the animals are equal. Peter Singer.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Mon Mohan.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1965.
First edition of this landmark work in generative grammar that introduced certain technical innovations still drawn upon in contemporary work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Noam Chomsky on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips and tears. Rare, especially signed.
First Edition in English of "One of the Most Important Texts of the Twentieth Century" Martin Heidegger's Being and Time; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962.
First edition in English of the book that “changed the course of philosophy” (Richard Rorty). Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Martin Heidegger on the front free endpaper. Fine in a very good dust jacket with some wear to the rear panel. Translated by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Exceptionally rare signed, as no signed examples have appeared at auction in the last 50 years.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
First edition of this insightful overview of climate change science by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Burton Richter. Octavo, original glossy boards. Inscribed by Burton Richter on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition, without the dust jacket as issued.
Biblia Hebraica, Secundum Ultimam Editionem Jos. Athiae, a Johanne Leusden, Denuo Recognitum, Recensita Variisque Notis Latinis Illustrata, ab Everardo Van Der Hooght. Editio Prima Americana, Sine Punctis Masorethicis.
Philadelphia: Printed by William Fry for Thomas Dobson, 1814.
Rare first edition of the first Hebrew Bible published in America. Octavo, 2 volumes, full red straight grain morocco, elaborately tooling to the spine and front panels, raised bands, hand painted page edges. Text without vowel-points or accents, based on the 1661 critical edition edited by Calvinist theologian Johannes Leusden. Contemporary inscription on each front free endpaper, “Presented to John Van Cleve by Dr. A. Dunlap of Rushville, Ill. Dec. 12, 1839.” The recipient, John Van Cleve was a preacher in the Southern Illinois Methodist Episcopal Church and a proponent of the post-Revolutionary War religious revival. Bookplates to the front panel of each volume. Light browning and wear to a few pages. An exceptional example.
"The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights" First Edition of william Blackstone's Influential Work Commentaries on the Laws of England
Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1765-1769.
First editions with “Table of Consanguinity” and “Table of Descents” (folding) bound into second volume. Without the eight-page Supplement to the first edition. Quarto, 4 volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary tan calf, rebacked to style. In very good condition with toning to the margin of the beginning of the first volume, a very clean example of this classic work.
"The public good is in nothing more essentially interested, than in the protection of every individual's private rights" Finely Bound set of william Blackstone's Influential Work Commentaries on the Laws of England
London: W. Strahan, T. Cadell, and D. Prince, 1783.
Finely bound set of Blackstone’s landmark work. Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in full period calf, gilt tooling and titles to the spine, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, small oval green leather labels with volume numbers. Portrait frontispiece in Volume 1, one plates and folding chart in Volume 2. Ninth Edition, stated. This edition contains the last corrections made during the life of the author. In very good condition.
London: Parker, 1861.
First edition of Mill’s classic treatise on representative government. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Stuart Mill on the half-title page as was the custom with 19th century writers and earlier, “From the Author.” From the library of Sir George Otto Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet (1838-1928), with his signature. Trevelyan was a British statesman and author. In a ministerial career stretching almost 30 years, he was most notably twice Secretary for Scotland under William Ewart Gladstone and the Earl of Rosebery. He broke with Gladstone over the 1886 Irish Home Rule Bill, but after modifications were made to the bill he re-joined the Liberal Party shortly afterwards. Also a writer and historian, Trevelyan published The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, his maternal uncle, in 1876. In very good condition with some toning to the cloth and overall light wear.
“IT IS ONLY IN A CROWD THAT MAN CAN BECOME FREE OF THIS FEAR OF BEING TOUCHED”: First Edition of The Nobel Prize-Winning Authors Ground Breaking Work Crowds and Power; Signed by Elias Canetti
London: Victor Gollancz, 1962.
First British edition. Octavo, original blue cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “From Elias Canetti.” An excellent copy in a very good dust jacket that shows some modest rubbing to the extremities. Elias Canetti was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize in literature on the basis of this work, his masterpiece, Crowds and Power.