“IT IS THE MARK OF AN EDUCATED MIND TO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN A THOUGHT WITHOUT ACCEPTING IT": First editions in English of each volume of the works of aristotle; translated by thomas taylor
The Organon or, Logical Treatises of Aristotle; History of Animals of Aristotle and His Treatise on Physiognomy; The Treatises of Aristotle on the Parts and Progressive Motion of Animals, His Problems and His Treatise on Indivisible Lines; The Great, and Eudemian, Ethics, The Politics, and Economics of Aristotle; The Rhetoric, Poetic, and Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle; The Metaphysics of Aristotle.
Aristotle; Translated by Thomas Taylor.
Item Number: 54080
London: Printed for the Author by Davis, Wilks, and Taylor, 1807- 1812.
First editions in English of each volume of the Works of Aristotle (The Metaphysics of Aristotle is the 1812 preferred edition). Quarto, six volumes, uniformly bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands. Translated by Thomas Taylor. In very good condition with light toning to the text. A rare and desirable set of Aristotle.
Aristotle's philosophical works covered an incredibly broad range of subjects including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, rhetoric, politics and government; constituting the first comprehensive system of Western Philosophy. Through these many branches, Aristotle sought the universal; his aim was to discover the essential nature of being, becoming, existence and reality which he believed could be achieved through detailed systems of logic and classification. Aristotle’s works on natural history, particularly observations of the sea-life visible from the island of Lesbos, are some of the earliest known to have survived and include one of the earliest classification systems. Aristotle’s Metaphysics is considered to be his principal work as well as the first major work in metaphysical philosophy itself. “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” (Axon, 11).
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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit": One of Only 50 sets of The Works of Aristotle
London: Robert Wilks, 1806-12.
Exceptionally rare complete set of the first edition in English of the works of Aristotle, limited to only 50 sets. Quarto, 11 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf by J. Mackenzie, Bookbinder to the King. Gilt leaf and flower borders on covers, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels, ribbon book marks bound in, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. The set composes of the following: Volume 1: The Organon, 1807, signed at the end by the translator Thomas Taylor, and with A Brief Notice of Mr. Thomas Taylor, the Celebrated Platonist, with a Complete List of his Published Works, by J.J. Welsh. Volume 2: The Rhetoric, Poetic, and Nichomachean Ethics, 1811. Volume 3: The Great and Eudemian Ethics, the Politics and Economics Volume 4: The Physics, 1806, signed by Thomas Taylor on the last page. Volume 5: The Treatises on the Heavens, on Generation, and Corruption, and on Meteors, 1807, folding plate of mathematical figures. Volume 6: The History of Animals and Treatise on Physiognomy, 1809. Volume 7: The Treatises on the Parts, and Progressive Motion of Animals, Problems; and His Treatise on Individual Lines, 1810. Volume 8: The Treatises on the Soul; on Sense and Sensibilities; on Memory and Reminiscence; on Sleep and Wakefulness; on Dreams; on Divination by Sleep; on the Common Motion of Animals; on the Generation of Animals; on the Length and Shortness of Life; on Youth and Old Age, Life and Death; and on Respiration, 1808. Volume 9: The Metaphysics, 1812. Volume 10: A Dissertation on the Philosophy of Aristotle, by Thomas Taylor, 1812. This set includes an 11th volume being Taylor’s first edition of The Metaphysics, 1801 containing an extensive introduction and notes. Lowndes, p. 68: “Of this valuable translation, the only complete one extant in the English language. Fifty copies only were printed at the expense of William Meredith, Esq.” In near fine condition with only light toning. Complete sets are of the utmost rarity; rare and desirable set of this landmark work.
“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
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.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Amartya Sen's Copy of On Economic Theory and Capitalism; With his Signature and Inscribed to Him
Oxford: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1955.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen’s copy with his name “A.K. Sen Trinity College Cambridge” on the half title page. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to Sen, “For Amartiya With the confidence that he will plan the dynamic economy, of a socialist and peaceful India. With best wishes, Arif Cambridge 8 May 1955.” In very good condition.
New York: Norton, 2007.
First Edition. Octavo, black cloth with gilted titles to the spine. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Michael Lesy on the half title page.