"The most influential thinker of the Enlightenment": John Locke's The Works
The Works of John Locke.
Item Number: 42046
London: Printed for W. Strahan, et al, 1777.
A nice early set of The Works of John Locke. Quarto,bound in full contemporary brown calf, four volumes, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, crimson and black morocco spine labels. Engraved frontispiece portrait, folding table. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. A nice set.
John Locke is regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and the Father of Classical Liberalism. "Locke was the first to take up the challenge of Bacon and to attempt to estimate critically the certainty and the adequacy of human knowledge when confronted with God and the universe" (PMM 164).
Other Books by this Author
London: Printed for For A. and J. Churchill, and Edw. Castle, 1696.
First edition. Bound in full brown calf, gilt lined to the spine, raised bands, maroon spine label. Edited by John Wynne. In very good condition with some wear to the extremities, a light stain to the first three pages. First editions are rare, the last copy appearing at auction was in 1979.
London: Awnsham and John Churchill, 1690, 1692.
First editions of both volumes of Locke’s Second and Third Letter Concerning Toleration. Two volumes bound in one. Octavo, contemporary calf, rebacked. In excellent condition with the text clean contents clean, except for light browning, rebacked. From the library of James Stonhouse with his signatures and armorial bookplate. Exceptionally rare.
London: A. Millar , 1765.
First Collected edition of John Locke’s four letters concerning toleration, including the Epistola de Tolerantia. Quarto, bound in full contemporary calf, housed in a custom clamshell box. Engraved portrait frontispiece by F.B. Cipriani. Occasional light toning and slight wear to binding, a very good example with wide margins. Though the four letters were included in the Works of 1714, the present edition marks the first time they appeared together as a single collection.
"Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions": Rare First Edition of John Lockes Two Treatises of Government
London: Printed for Awnsham Churchill, At the Black Swan In Ave-Mary-Lane, 1690.
First edition, first issue with quire Q in the first setting. Octavo, full brown calf. In very good condition with some toning to the leaves and some light edgewear. The Pirie Sotheby’s copy brought $274,000. First editions are rare.
The Historians Masterpiece; The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Finely Bound Set
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1776-1788.
Quarto, 6 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, gilt tooling to the spine, 3 folding engraved maps. Volume I and II are second editions, volumes III-VI are first editions. In near fine condition, rebacked, light rubbing and wear. The frontispiece portrait of Gibbon is after Sir Joshua Reynolds, the three engraved folding maps are of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire, and a folding map of Constantinople (this map is in its original folded issue, instead of the more common method of having the plate trimmed to the margin and inserted; it is more rare in this folded state). Bookplate of industrialist Sir Joseph Verdin Bart to each volume. A very nice set.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900.
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt. Small octavo, 15 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt top edge, raised bands, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. Frontispiece to each volume. The set includes, The Naval War of 1812 in two volumes, The Wilderness Hunter, American Ideals, The Winning of the West in six volumes, Hunting the Grizzly, Hunting Trips on the Prairie, Hunting Trips of A Ranchman, The Rough Riders. In near fine condition.
London: John Murray, 1871.
First edition, first issue of both volumes (with “transmitted” the first word on p. 297 in the first volume; in the second, the printer’s note on the verso of the half-title, errata on title verso, and the postscript leaf after p. viii. Both volumes have the January ads). Octavo, two volumes, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing to the extremities and bottom of the cloth, spine gilt bright.
“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”: Finely Bound Set of the Works of Shakespeare
London: George Bell & Sons, 1902.
Small octavo, 14 volumes bound in full red morocco, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, gilt topstain, gilt turn-ins, silk endpapers, raised bands.