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“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him": First Edition of John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education
London: Printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1693.
First edition of Locke’s seminal treatise on the education of gentlemen which, for over a century, was the most important philosophical work on education in England. Octavo, bound in full calf with morocco spine label lettered and decorated in gilt, raised bands and ruling to the spine. ruling and floral cornerpieces to the front and rear panels stamped in blind, all edges speckled red. In very good condition. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. A scarce and important work.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 106030
The Works of John Locke [Including: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering the Interest, and Raising the Value of Money, An Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coin, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Etc.]
London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1801.
Finely bound edition of the collected works of John Locke, “the most worthy… of the indisputably great philosophers.” Octavo, nine volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels, raised bands. Frontispiece of John Locke and fold-out table. In very good condition. Rare and desirable in contemporary calf.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 117649
Hamburg: Verlag von Otto Meissner, 1883-1885.
Rare early printing of one of the most influential books ever published. Octavo, original cloth over pebbled leather boards, all edges speckled red. In very good condition with ownership stamps, tape gutter repairs, rebacked.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 104806
New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1902.
First edition of this classic collection of essays. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Carnegie. In good condition. First editions are scarce.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 42664
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1903.
First edition of this collection of studies by Dewey. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “Alfred H. Lloyd From John Dewey Oct. 12, 1903.” Also, Dewey has signed Lloyd’s name on the half-title page. Alfred H. Lloyd was a philosopher and close friend of Dewey’s. In the preface to this work, Dewey thanks Lloyd for his inspiration. Dewey himself recruited Lloyd the University of Michigan’s philosophy department, where Lloyd remained thereafter. In very good condition. An excellent association.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 77952
“THE EXPLANATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS WHICH MATHEMATICS ACCEPTS AS INDEFINABLE”: Rare First Edition of Bertrand Russell's The Principles of Mathematics
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.
First edition of this foundational work of mathematics, the first in English on the subject. Octavo, original blue cloth, titles to the spine in gilt. In near fine condition, with light rubbing. From the library of philosopher and historian of mathematics Dietrich Mahnke dated June 1939 on front pastedown, noting that the marginalia are those of the previous owner, Professor Friedrich Kunke. Rare and desirable with noted provenance.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 36082
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903.
First edition of Russell’s groundbreaking work. Quarto, original cloth. From the library of philosopher Augusta Klein, with her annotations. Augusta Klein was an author and philosopher; co-author with William Ralph Boyce Gibson of The Problem of Logic. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 97331
"Face an audience as frequently as you can and you will soon stop shying": First edition of Dale Carnegie's First Book: The Art of Public Speaking;
The Art of Public Speaking: An Inspirational Working Handbook of Instruction For All Who Would Become Efficient Public Speakers.
Springfield: Home Correspondence School, 1915.
First edition of Carnegie’s pioneering work which would become the predecessor to countless self-improvement books. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. Co-author Dale Carnegy would later change the spelling of his surname to Carnegie to associate himself in the eyes of the public with American business tycoon Andrew Carnegie, to whom he was not related. In near fine condition Rare and desirable.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 95246
London, New York, New Haven: GeorAllen & Unwin Ltd.; Harper & Brothers; Yale University Press , 1919-1941.
Finely bound collection of the political works of English political theorist and economist Harold Laski. Octavos, 22 volumes, uniformly bound by Bayntun Riviere Bindery in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Titles include Laski’s well-known An Introduction to Politics, The State in Theory and Practice, The American Democracy, The Dangers of Obedience & Other Essays, and Studies in Law and Politics. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 90438
“Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power": First Edition of Walter Lippmann's Classic Work Public Opinion; Inscribed by Him
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922.
First edition of this seminal work in the fields of media studies, political science, and social psychology. Octavo, original blue cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “To Asya from Walter March 1922.” In good condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 100069
“In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority": First Edition of F.A. Hayek's The Road To Serfdom; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
London: Routledge & Sons, 1944.
First British edition of one of the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism ever published. Octavo, original black cloth. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with some rubbing and wear to the extremities. The British edition was published in March of 1944, preceding its American counterpart, which was published later that same year in September. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 105942
Los Angeles: The Willing Publishing Company, 1945.
First edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
Price: $1,400.00 Item Number: 116778
“A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results": First Edition of Napoleon Hill's The Master Key to Riches; Signed by Him
Los Angeles: The Willing Publishing Company, 1945.
First edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some chips to the extremities.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 89292
Glencoe, Illinois: The Free Press, 1952.
First edition of Hayek’s critique of reason, written at the same time as The Road to Serfdom. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Signed by F.A. Hayek on the front free endpaper. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 3645
"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 extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 4495
“Though freedom is not a state of nature but an artifact of civilization, it did not arise from design: FIRST EDITION OF THE ECONOMISTS CLASSIC WORK, THE CONSTITUTION OF LIBERTY; SIGNED BY F.A. HAYEK
London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1960.
First edition of Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $18,500.00 Item Number: 3502
Chicago: The University of Chicago, 1960.
First edition of Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by F.A. Hayek on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust price-clipped jacket with a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $18,000.00 Item Number: 99700