"The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it": Rare First Edition of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty

  • On Liberty.
  • On Liberty.
  • On Liberty.
  • On Liberty.

On Liberty.

$6,500.00

Item Number: 86745

London: John W. Parker and Son, 1859.

First edition of this classic work, which remains the basis of much liberal political thought. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition, rebacked, ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A nicer than usual example.

On Liberty is both a lucid argument and a rallying cry defending the civil liberty of the individual against the pressures of the state and mass society" (DLB). "It is regarded as one of the finest expressions of 19th-century liberalism" (Baugh, 1323). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority" (PMM).

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