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First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117889
First Edition of The End of Ideology; Inscribed by Daniel Bell to Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb
Glencoe, Ill: The Free Press, 1960.
First edition of this landmark in American social thought. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "For Irving and Bea- Butforis - prim, prima with affection Dan - 2/12/60." The recipients were Irving Kristol and his wife Gertrude Himmelfarb, who were close friends of Bell's. Kristol was a journalist who was dubbed the "godfather of neoconservatism." Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, also known as Bea Kristol, was an American historian who was a leader of conservative interpretations of history and historiography. Bell and Kristol were close friends, who jointly…
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117637
"Tis I alone that can teach you to make warre, I know what the greatest conquerors knew and are": Rare first edition of this early English translation of Machiavelli's Florentine History
London: Printed for Charles Harper and John Amery, 1674.
Rare first edition of this translation of Machiavelli's Florentine history. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, triple gilt ruling, fleuron cornerpieces and elaborate blind stamping to the front and rear panel, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, engraved frontispiece portrait of Machiavelli, rebacked. Ownership inscription. In near fine condition. Rare especially with the original frontispiece.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 122358
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1961.
First edition of this classic work by the most influential psychotherapist in history. Octavo, original cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page, "Carl Rogers May 7, 1964." Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 133791
“There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves": First Edition of Richard Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature; Signed by Him
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979.
First edition of this classic work of twentieth century philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Richard Rorty on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. This is the first signed example we have seen or handled of this landmark work.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 84533
An Essay on Civil Government In Two Parts: Part I: An Enquiry into the Ends of Government, and the Means of Attaining Them. Part II: On the Government and Commerce of England; with Reflections on Liberty, and the Method of Preserving the present Constitution.
London: Printed for R. Willock, At Sir Isaac Newton's Head, 1743.
First edition of this bold attack on the Whig administration of Robert Walpole. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf with gilt tooling to the spine, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, all edges speckled red, rebacked. In very good condition. Armorial and contemporary bookplates to the pastedown. Exceedingly rare.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 90461
First Edition of Peter Drucker's Landmark Work Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.
First edition of this management classic. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed Peter Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Roy La Grone. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 44009
FIRST EDITION and the first advance copy OF KARL POPPER'S THE LOGIC OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY; inscribed by him in a letter to close friend and colleague Lionel Robbins
London: Hutchinson, 1959.
First edition and the first advance copy of “one of the most important documents of the twentieth century” with the original transmittal letter inscribed by Karl Popper to economist Lionel Robbins (Peter Medawar, New Scientist). Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, accompanied by the original transmittal letter on Popper's London School of Economics and Political Science letterhead which reads in full, "December 10th, 1958 Dear Robbins, I am sending you the first advance copy of the Logic of Scientific Discovery. I was just about to inscribe this copy "To Lionel Robbins, in sincere gratitude for his unflagging interest which has meant…
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 131549
New York: Pioneer Publishers, 1936.
First edition of this collection of writings and speeches by Trotsky. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "To Comrade Max Sterling fraternally Leon Trotsky 8/7 1936 Weksel (Norway)." After being exiled from the Soviet Union, Trotsky lived in a number of places, Norway among them. The Norwegian Labor Party, which rose to power in 1935, had had previous affiliations with the Communist International and the Second International, prompting Trotsky to seek and obtain a visa from Oslo. Bookplate to the front pastedown, very good in a very…
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 97388
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
First edition of this work by Hilary Putnam. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow philosopher Richard Rorty, "For Richard to remind you of the year of the William James Lectures with gratitude for the instruction Hilary April 20, 1982." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice association linking these two giants of twentieth century philosophy.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 15060
The Most Excellent Hugo Grotius: His Three Books Treating of the Rights of War & Peace. In the First is Handled, Whether any War be Just. In the Second is Shewed, The Causes of War, both Just and Unjust. In the Third is declared, What in War is Lawful, that is, Unpunishable.
London: Printed by M.W. for Thomas Basset at the George in Fleetstreet, and Ralph Smith at the Bible under the Piazza of the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, 1682.
Third edition in English of Higo Grotius' foundational work on international law. Folio, bound in full contemporary paneled calf with a burgundy morooco spine label lettered in gilt, title page printed in red and black, added engraved title by T. Cross Senior bound opposite the printed title page. Translated into English by William Evats. In good condition. Armorial bookplate and period ownership signature.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 138282
London: Printed for Daniel Isaac Eaton, 1796.
1796 London edition of the second part of Paine’s landmark Age of Reason—“his great work of this period” (ANB). Preceded by the first edition in English, which Paine had printed in Paris for distribution in America. Octavo, disbound. In very good condition. Rare.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 134066
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities": Finely bound set of Voltaire's Complete Works in 97 volumes
Oeuvres Completes De Voltaire avec des Remarques et des Notes Historiques, Scientifiques, et Literaires Par Mm. Auguis, Clogenson, Daunou, Etc. [The Works of Voltaire].
Paris: Deslangle Frères, 1828-34.
Finely bound set of the complete works of Voltaire with historic, scientific and literary notes. Octavo, 97 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in five compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, frontispieces with tissues guards and half titles as issued. In very good condition. A complete set, covering the broad scope of the versatile and prolific writer.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 96178
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Derek Parfit on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 138917
First edition of Volume 24 of the Journal of Symbolic Logic; Including The First Appearance of Saul A. Kripke's Landmark Essay A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic
New Haven, New Jersey: Association for Symbolic Logic, Inc, March 1959.
First edition of Volume 24 of The Journal of Symbolic which includes the first appearance of Kripke's landmark paper, A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic. Presentation copy, inscribed by Saul A. Kripke on the first page of his theorem, "For Thorild Dahlquist, Saul Kripke." In this paper, Kripke both proves the formal completeness of modal logic (supplemented by first-order quantifiers and the sign of equality) and “create[s] a semantics, now called Kripke semantics” (Hurley, Logic: The Essentials, 217). “Of great importance is the paper “Semantical Analysis of Modal Logic I” where normal systems are treated. It is here that Kripke…
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 88076
London: Imprinted by Thomas Dawson for John Harison and George Byshop, 1577.
First edition in English of John Calvin's commentaries on the Pauline Epistles. Octavo, bound in full speckled calf with raised bands to the spine, all edges red, rebacked. Title within architectual woodcut border, woodcut initials. In very good condition. First editions are rare.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 96188
New York: Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters Inc, 1964.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by both Bill and Lois Wilson on the front free endpaper, "From Lois B. Wilson, all good wishes" and "Yours, Bill." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by both Bill and Lois Wilson.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 130675
“Politics is war without blood, while war is politics with blood": First Edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao
Beijing: Central Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, 1964.
First edition of Quotations from Chairman Mao. Duodecimo, in the original iconic red vinyl, title to front cover in blind, frontispiece portrait of Chairman Mao. With the textual error on pp. 82/83 corrected and Lin Biao's calligraphic endorsement leaf after the frontispiece tipped in from a later printing. In 1972, an edict was issued that Lin's name was to be obliterated from history, following disclosures that he had plotted a coup and planned to assassinate Mao; consequently, "many surviving copies in the Chinese language have that page legitimately torn away, mutilated or censored" (Schiller, p. 36). In near fine condition.…
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 100159
“A DISTINCT STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EMPIRICAL SCHOOL”: FIRST EDITION OF JAMES MILL’S MAGNUM OPUS, ANALYSIS OF THE PHENOMENA OF THE HUMAN MIND; WITH A 4 PAGE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED LETTER TO LORD ASHLEY IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1829.
First edition of this classic exploration of the processes of human thought by the father of John Stuart Mill, whose own “logical and ethical doctrines are evidently suggested” by this work. Octavo, bound in full contemporary calf, armorial stamp to the front panel of the Earl of Shaftesbury, with a four page autographed letter signed by James Mill discussing his interest in the book to Lord Ashley dated 8 July 1829, the year of publication of this volume. Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was a British politician, philanthropist, and a social reformer. He was the eldest son of…
Price: $7,200.00 Item Number: 141327
Eighteen Books of the Secrets of Art & Nature, Being The Summe and Substance of Naturall Philosophy, Methodically Digested. First designed by John Wecker Dr in Physick, and now much Augmented and Inlarged by Dr. R. Read. A like work never before in the English tongue.
1660: Printed for Simon Miller at the Starre in St. Pauls Church-yard, London.
First edition in English of Reade's 17th century adaptation of Johann Jacob Wecker's De secreti libri xvii [Book of Secrets] of 1582. Folio, bound in three quarter polished calf over marbled boards with gilt titles and ruling to the spine, woodcut printer's device to the title, woodcut head and tailpieces and initials, numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. In near fine condition. Lacking the engraved frontispiece, title page supplied. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 127083
"Reader if thou wilt do the fame, thy profit will be as great as mine": Exceptionally rare printing of Benjamin Franklin's An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved
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Rare printing of Benjamin Franklin's An Old Man's Experience, or Poor Richard's Maxims Improved, published under the pseudonym Richard Saunders in full, "An Old Man's Experience, or, Poor Richard's Maxims Improved. Reader, if you buy this Book, and seriously consider its contents, though it cost thee but a Trifle, it may save thee Many Pounds." Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. No publisher or date listed. In very good condition with tape repair to the spine and rear panel. Exceptionally rare, no other copies matching this title and pagination have come to auction.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 96182
Paris: Librairie Felix Alcan, 1936.
First edition of Sartre's first book, published as volume 10 of the Nouvelle Encyclopedie Philosophique and commissioned by the editor, Henri Delacroix. Octavo, original wrappers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "A Brice Parain en tout amitie! JP Sartre." The recipient, Brice Parain was a fellow French philosopher and friend of Sartre's, mainly interested in Communism, Surrealism, and Existentialism, the failures of which he anticipated in part in some of his earlier works, such as Essai sur la misère humaine (1934) and Retour à la France (1936). Parain was one of the chief collaborators in the…
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 139855
"with love & admiration": First Edition of Marriage and Morals; Inscribed by Bertrand Russell to his Publisher Horace Liveright
New York: Horace Liveright, 1929.
First edition of this work by Russell, in which he questions the Victorian notions of morality regarding sex and marriage. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his publisher, "To Horace Liveright from Bertrand Russell with love & admiration." The recipient, Horace Liveright was an American publisher and stage producer. With Albert Boni, he founded the Modern Library and Boni & Liveright publishers. He published the books of numerous influential American and British authors. In 1917 Liveright founded the Modern Library. It was formed as a reprinting line, publishing inexpensive books from European modernists, while Liveright published the work of contemporary…
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 54042
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive": First Edition of The Opening of the Western-Eye; Signed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Bangkok: The Social Science Association Press of Thailand, 1968.
First edition in English of the Dalai Lama’s first book on Buddhist philosophy. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the Dalai Lama on the title page in Tibetan "with prayers." A near fine copy in an excellent dust jacket that is lightly rubbed. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially signed.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 4545
The Hague: Mouton & Company, 1957.
First edition of Chomsky's landmark first book. Octavo, original wrappers. Lengthily signed by the author on the title page with the added words, "Syntax is the study of the principle and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages Noam Chomsky." Near fine in wrappers. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 41018
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1952.
First edition of Bernays' classic work regarding public relations. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the on the front free endpaper, "To Ivan Black- in memory of our TV adventure of informing, persuading and adjusting- Edward L. Bernays July 1, 1952." Included is a one page autographed signed letter on Bernays' letterhead asking whether the theatrical publicity industry used his theories. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 81028
"Keep true to the dreams of thy youth": The Connoisseur Edition of the Works of Schiller; One of only 150 sets; Bound in Full Morocco
Boston: Francis A. Niccolls, c.1900.
Finely bound example of the Connoisseur edition of the works of Schiller, number 34 of only 150 sets printed. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in full red morocco, ornate gilt tooling to the spine, with pastedowns of red leather borders and central green morocco panel, with floral decorations at the corners and a central gilt sprig of flowers, plates in two states, printed on laid paper with deckled edges. Bookplates on versos of the moire green silk endpapers of New York industrialist John K. MacGowan. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 129287
“Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective": First Edition of Peter F. Drucker's The Effective Executive; Signed by Him
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1967.
First edition of Drucker's classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Peter F. Drucker on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 23008
"THE KEY FOR THE UNDERSTANDING OF HIS THOUGHT": FIRST EDITION OF THE SENSORY ORDER; INSCRIBED BY F.A. HAYEK TO FRIEND AND FELLOW UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PROFESSOR DAVID GRENE
Chicago: University of Chicago, 1952.
First edition of Hayek's foundational study of cognitive behavior—"an exercise in profound thinking." Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To David Grene with all the best wishes from F.A.H. Nov. 52." The recipient, David Grene was a professor of classics at the University of Chicago and co-founder of the Committee on Social Thought. In 1950, Hayek left the London School of Economics for the University of Chicago, where he became a professor in the Committee on Social Thought. Near fine in the rare dust jacket with some wear to the spine and…
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 4495
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; In the rare original dust jacket
Cleveland : The Ralston Society, 1937.
Rare first edition of this classic bestseller, which has sold over 100 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket, ownership name to the front free endpaper. Rare in the original dust jacket.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 126722
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.
First edition of this work widely considered one of the most important philosophical works of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, "Best wishes Saul Kripke." Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 138119
First Edition of "one of the most influential books of the 20th Century" The Lonely Crowd; Signed by David Riesman
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1950.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by David Riesman on the title page. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box made by the Harcourt Bindery. Scarce and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 140940
Carte-de-visite signed by philosopher John Stuart Mill. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 33088
Scarce First edition of Commandino's commentary of Ptolemy's Planisphaerium; one of the few extant examples from the Aldine Press in Roman type
Ptolemaei Planisphaerium. Iordani Planisphaerium. Federici Commandini Urbrinatis in Ptolemaei Planisphaerium Commentarius.
Venice: Paulus Manutius (Aldine Press), 1558.
First separate edition and first edition of Commandino's commentary of Ptolemy's Planisphaerium, the original Greek text of which is no longer extant. Octavo, two volumes bound into one in eighteenth century vellum, all edges speckled red, Aldine device on both titles and both final pages, woodcut initials, numerous woodcut diagrams. The Ptolemaei is printed in Roman type and the Planisphaerium in Italics; examples from the Aldine Press in Roman type are scarce as the press's founder, Aldus Manutius, invented the Italic type which he used almost exclusively. The Aldine press was also the first to issue printed books in the small…
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 95289
“DEMOCRACY IS ESSENTIALLY A MEANS, A UTILITARIAN DEVICE FOR SAFEGUARDING INTERNAL PEACE AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM”: Rare First Edition of THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
Chicago: University of Chicago, 1944.
First edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with two small chips to the front panel. Foreword by John Chamberlain. First editions are rare.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 135903