“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it": Rare First Edition in English of Aristotle's Metaphysics
The Metaphysics of Aristotle, Translated from the Greek…To Which is Added, A Dissertation.
Aristotle; Translated by Thomas Taylor.$6,000.00
Item Number: 67062
London: Printed for the Author by Davis, Wilks, and Taylor, 1801.
First edition in English of the Metaphysics of Aristotle. Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, black morocco spine label, gilt lined to the front and rear panels, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition, light browning. Translated by Thomas Taylor. A very nice example.
Metaphysics is one of the principal works of Aristotle and the first major work of the branch of philosophy with the same name. “It forms the highest step in Aristotle’s system, and deals with the first principles of all existence. Here he grapples with the deepest questions of philosophy” (Peck, 130). Translated by Thomas Taylor, a leading English classicist of the day. “In his knowledge of Plato and Aristotle he has never been equaled by any Englishman, and he is still the most important disseminator of ancient philosophy in the history of English and American literature. Taylor went on to complete all the works of Aristotle, but his introduction and important ‘Dissertation’ [which appear here] were not included in the Works” (Axon, 11). “This edition contains some valuable matter by the translator, not reprinted in the ninth volume of his complete translation of Aristotle’s Works” (Lowndes, 69).
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"China, with her five thousand years of history, her vast territory and her enormous population stands like a mountain peak among the nations of the world": Photographic View Book of China, Manchuria, and Korea during the period of Japanese occupation
Japan: c. 1930.
First edition, oblong quarto, original boards. Gilt-lettered cloth, string-bound. Text in Japanese with captions in both Chinese and English. Illustrated with photographs throughout, large folding panorama of the Great Wall of China; folding map of Korea, Manchuria and portions of northeastern China. A unique record of history.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
London: Morgan & Scott, 1875-1878.
First editions of these works edited by J. Hudson Taylor regarding information on Chinese life. Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in original pictorial cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout, maps, gilt edges. Volume one covers July 1875 to December 1876. Volume two covers January 1878 to December 1878. In very good condition. Rare and desirable.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1897.
First edition of the works of Archimedes. Octavo, bound in three quarters burgundy morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain, marbled endpapers, gilt insignia of the Eton College coat of arms on the front and rear panels. A bookplate indicating that the book is a gift to T. F. Halfords Fremantle from E. Lyttleton, Master of Eton College, dated 1914. Apparently a graduation prize. Fremantle was killed in the Great War in 1915, age 18. Edited in Modern Notation with Introductory Chapters by T. L. Heath.