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20th-Century Philosophy

BROAD, C.D. Phenomenalism [from 'Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society', 1915]. 25 pages, first page a little soiled; stitched, unbound. First edition.

[55900] £28

 

DEWEY, John. Studies in Logical Theory. [The Decennial Publications of the University of Chicago], Second series, volume XI. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 1903. xiii[i], 388 pp. Original cloth, lettered in gilt, some wear to extremities, with remains of library label at base of spine. First edition.

[56699] £125

 

FREGE, Gottlob. Compound Thoughts. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. January 1963. Pages 1-17 inclusive in Mind, a Quarterly Review, Vol. LXXII, No. 285. Original printed wrappers, a little frayed at edges.

[55732] £45

Translated by R.H. Stoothoff. Originally appeared as "Logische Untersuchungen. Dritter Teil: Gedankengefüge" in the "Beiträge zur Philosophie des deutschen Idealismus" in 1923.

 

FREGE, Gottlob. On Concept and Object. Translation by P.T. Geach (Revised by Max Black). Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. April 1951. Pages 168-180 inclusive in Mind, A Quarterly Review, Vol. LX, No. 238. Original printed wrappers, a little frayed at edges.

[55730] £90

First published in the "Vierteljahrsschrift für wissenschaftliche Philosophie", 1892.

 

GRIFFITH, Guy and OAKESHOTT, Michael. A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick the Derby Winner. London: Faber and Faber Ltd. [1936]. Small 8vo: 136 pp., occasional pencilled notes, some spotting mainly to first and last few leaves. Original brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, a little rubbed. First edition. Rare.

[73536] £300

"In this book we propose to review again the problem involved in picking the winner of the Derby and to reconsider the principles upon which this problem may at the present time be solved successfully. …. The Derby winner cannot be picked often without the use of intelligence, and we can provide no ready-made substitute for an intelligent consideration of the race and the field. Nevertheless, we do not suggest that our way of dealing with the subject is scientific. Our method is that of commonsense …." - from the introduction.

"Perhaps too it called for some courage to publish in 1936 a book written jointly with a colleague, Guy Griffith, entitled A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick a Derby Winner. Though written with dry urbanity, this was a serious effort to ‘offer a brief and businesslike account of the rational principles upon which we believe a winning selection may be based.’ Fear of raised eyebrows did not deter Oakeshott from agreeing to a second edition [entitled 'A New Guide to the Derby'] of this light-hearted work in 1947." From the obituary by Nevil Johnson.

Oakeshott (1901-1990), Professor of Political Science, was educated at and was later a fellow at Cambridge, was Professor at the LSE from 1951-68, also a member of the Fabian Society; he published numerous books and articles, and this work is his only non-academic publication.

 

GRIFFITH, Guy and OAKESHOTT, Michael. A New Guide to the Derby: How to Pick the Winner. London: Faber and Faber Ltd. [1947]. 133 pp. Original blue cloth in slightly browned dust jacket. Rare.

[72897] £250

With various press cuttings concerning the Derby of 1947. Originally published in 1936 as 'A Guide to the Classics, or How to Pick the Derby Winner'. Oakeshott's only non-academic work. "Perhaps too it called for some courage to publish in 1936 a book written jointly with a colleague, Guy Griffith, entitled A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick a Derby Winner. Though written with dry urbanity, this was a serious effort to ‘offer a brief and businesslike account of the rational principles upon which we believe a winning selection may be based.’ Fear of raised eyebrows did not deter Oakeshott from agreeing to a second edition of this light-hearted work in 1947." From the obituary by Nevil Johnson.

 

GROTIUS SOCIETY Publications No. 3, 4 and 5: Hugonis Grotii De Jure Belli Ac Pacis Libri Tres. Selections translated, with an introduction by W.S.M. Knight / Quakers and Peace, with an introduction and notes by G.W. Knowles / Selections from the second edition of the Abrégé du Projet de Paix Perpétuelle, by C.I. Castel de Saint-Pierre …, Translated by H. Hale Bellot, with an introduction by Paul Collinet. London: Sweet & Maxwell Ltd. 1922/1927/1927. 84 / 52 / 61 pp; small library stamp to foot of title-pages and front wrapper. Original printed wrappers (No. 5 lacking rear wrapper).

[71033] £90

 

HEIDEGGER, Martin. Nietzsche. [Pfullingen]: Neske. [1961]. Two volumes: 661[1]; 492[2] pp; some pencilling. Original cloth in dust jackets in good condition. First edition.

[55092] £150

Sass 95/96.

 

Signed items

HEIDEGGER, Martin. A small collection of works, comprising:- Anteile. Martin Heidegger zum 60 Geburtstag. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann. [1950]. 284[4] pp. Original wrappers, a little frayed at edges. First edition. Aus der Erfahrung des Denkens. Pfullingen: Gunther Neske. [1954]. 27[3] pp; some minor spotting. Original printed boards. First edition. Was Heisst Denken? Tübingen: Max Niemeyer. 1954. [viii], 174[2] pp. Original boards in dust jacket. First edition. Der Feldweg. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann. [Zweite Auflage. 1956]. Small 8vo: [iv], 7[1] pp. Original printed wrappers. Presentation copy from H. Heidegger, dated January 1960. Was Ist Das - Die Philosophie? Pfullingen: Günther Neske. [1956]. 45[1] pp., some pencilling. Original printed boards. Hebel - Der Hausfreund. Pfullingen: Günther Neske. [1957]. 39[1] pp., some underlining in red. Original printed boards, slightly soiled. First edition. Sein und Zeit. Achte unveränderte Auflage. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer. 1957. xi[i], 437 pp., pencilled marginalia and underlining. Original boards in slightly frayed dust jacket. Gelassenheit. [Pfullingen]: Neske. [1959]. 73 [7] pp., some pencilling. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Martin Heidegger 26 September 1959. [Messkirch: Aker. 1959]. Frontispiece, 36 pp. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Signed by Martin Heidegger, and with further presentation inscription from Heidegger's nephew Heinrich to J.M. Demske dated 1961. Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes. Mit einer Einführung von Hans-Georg Gadamer. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclaim Jun. [1960]. 12mo: 126[2] pp. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Festansprachen zum 700-jährigen Messkircher Stadtjubiläum 22 bis 30 July 1961. Prof. Dr. Martin Heidegger, Freiburg; Prof. Dr. Berhard Welte, Freiburg; Oberkonservator Dr. Altgraf Salm, München. [Messkirch: Aker. 1961]. Small 8vo: 36 pp., including 4 photographic illustrations. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Inscription on half-title [from Heidegger's nephew Heinrich, dated August 1962]. Martin Heidegger. Zum 80 Gerburtstag von seiner Heimatstadt Messkirch. Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann. [1969]. Frontispiece, 63[1] pp. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Ansprachen zum 80 Geburtstag am 26 September 1969 in Messkirch. [Messkirch: Aker. 1969]. Frontispiece, 37[1] pp. Original printed wrappers. First edition. Signed by Martin Heidegger.

[55253] £1600

This collection is from the library of James M. Demske, author of "Sein, Mensch und Tod: Das Todesproblem bei Martin Heidegger", Münich 1963, translated as "Being, Man and Death, a Key to Heidegger", University of Kentucky, 1970. Also included are a small number of postcards (from Heinrich Heidegger to Demske), photographs and cuttings.

 

KÖRNER, Stephan. On the Foundations of Mathematics in Experience. [L'Age de la Science, Vol. III, No. 3. No date, 1970]. Offprint: pages 187-200, stapled.

[73432] £25

 

KOYRÉ, Alexandre. A Documentary History of the Problem of Fall from Kepler to Newton. (Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new series, vol. 45, part 4). Philadelphia. 1955. Quarto: [ii], 329-395 pp. Original printed wrappers, a little soiled.

[72018] £50

Presentation copy from the author to E.E. Evans Pritchard (1902-1973, British anthropologist), intialled on front wrapper.

 

Elements of Mathematical Logic

LUKASIEWICZ, Jan. Elementy Logiki Matematycznej. Skrypt autoryzowany opracowal M. Presburger. Z Czesciowej subwencji Senatu Akademickiego Uniw. Warsz. Warsaw: Nakladem Komisji Wydawniczej Kola Matematyczno-Fizycznego Sluchaczow Uniwersytetu. 1929. viii, 200 pp. Original half cloth with marbled boards, rubbed. First edition.

[73069] £280

Lukasiewicz (1878-1956), one of the creators and best-known members of the Lvov-Warsaw School - the most important movement in the history of Polish philosophy; he studied philosophy at Lvov under Twardowski. In 1920 he was appointed the head of the department of philosophy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at Warsaw University which had been opened especially for him.

 

MOORE, George Edward. Principia Ethica. Cambridge: University Press. 1922. xxvii[i], 232 pp; occasional ink annotations; untrimmed. Original cloth, some wear to extremities.

[55721] £75

A reprint of the first edition of 1903, with misprints and grammatical errors corrected.

 

MULLIN, A.A. Philosophical Comments on the Philosophies of Charles Sanders Peirce and Ludwig Wittgenstein. ... Spnosored by National Science Foundation. Urbana, Illinois: Electrical Engineering Research Laboratory, Engineering Experiment Station. 1961. Quarto: 68 pp. Original wrappers, a little browned at edges, worn on spine. First edition.

"This short monograph is concerned with a comparison and contrast of certain logico-philosophical aspects of the philosophies of Charles Sanders Peirce and Ludwig Wittgenstein. It treats of a critical analysis of their philosophical views concerning mathematics, logic, negation, relation and computation. It affirms that the thought of Peirce and the thought of Wittgenstein are more complementary than they are similar." (Preface). Albert Alkins Mullin, born 1933, was the author of "Probabilistic logics in the snythensis of reliable sequential circuits" (1957), "Some Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics" (1958), and "Some Recursive Function Theory and certain of its related topics" (1960).

[56677] £150

 

OSTWALD, Wilhelm. Die Farbenfibel. Zweite bis dritte, verbesserte Auflage. Mit 8 Zeichnungen und 200 Farben. Leipzig: Unesma. 1917. viii, 46 pp., with 200 mounted colour samples, plus diagrams to the text. Original cloth, black lettering, with mounted colour sample to upper cover, a little rubbed, but generally a very good copy.

[56044] £400

First published in 1916. Ostwald (1853-1932), was a Latvian-born German physical chemist; his contributions to colour science became well-known and he built a laboratory for colour research at his home at Grossbothen. He was awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1909. Ostwald became interested in the methodology and organisational aspects of science, in a world language, in internationalism and in pacifism. His philosophical outlook, known as energetism or energetic monism, was strongly influenced by his scientific backgrund. He founded the journal "Annalen der Naturphilosophie" in 1901 and edited 14 volumes up to 1921.

 

(PEIRCE) BUCHLER, Justus. Charles Peirce's Empiricism. With a Foreword by Professor Ernest Nagel. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd. 1939. xvii[[iii], 275 pp. plus 20-page publisher's catalogue. Original cloth, a little rubbed at extremities, but overall good. First edition.

[55712] £40

 

PRICE, H.H. Survival and the Idea of 'Another World'. London: Society for Psychical Research, in Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, Volume 50, part 182, January 1953. Pages 1-25, with Psychology and Psychical Research by Professor Gardner Murphy, pages 26-49. Original printed wrappers, a little browned at edges.

[72643] £30

 

RUSSELL, Bertrand. The Principles of Mathematics. Vol. I [all published]. Cambridge: at the University Press. 1903. Large 8vo: xxix[i], 534 pp; front inner joint cracked; untrimmed. Original cloth, lettered in gilt, rubbed with the surface scratched in places, some wear and slightly frayed at top and bottom of spine, but overall a bright copy. First edition. From the library of Brian A. Farrell (1912-2005), Oxford professor of mental philosophy, with his ownership inscription, occasional pencilled underlining and a few manuscript notes, also his name written on top edge of bookblock.

[56679] £850

The work that established Russell as a philosopher of the first rank; it contains his first statement of the project of reducing mathematics to logic, and is thus a prototype for the monumental 'Principia Mathematica' (1910-1913) which embodies the full elaboration of the logistic programme.

 

(RUSSELL) ASPELIN, Gunnar, WEDBERG, Anders, & TIGERSTEDT, E.N. Bertrand Russell, Tre studier. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur. [1950]. Small 8vo: portrait, 46 [6] pp. Original boards with linen backstrip, a little faded at edges. Limited edition of 1600 copies. First edition. Scarce.

[55943] £100

Inscribed "To Miss Louisa Callender with the compliments of the publishers Natur och Kultur Stockholm".

 

SAPPER, Dr. Karl. Wahrheit und Irrtum in der Relativitätstheorie. Eine gemeinverständliche logisch-erkenntnistheoretische Untersuchung. Graz: Im Selbstverlag des Verfassers. 1952. Large 8vo: 44 pp. Original printed wrappers, faded at edges. With separate 8-page Appendix. First edition.

[56386] £125

With two typed letters, signed, from Gilbert Ryle to Gerd Buchdahl, dated 1955, the first asking him to "cast an eye" over the work, the second thanking him for his review, plus 3 foolscap pages of Professor Buchdahl's typed notes.

 

A collection of parodies

[SCHILLER, F.C.S.] MIND! A Unique Review of Ancient and Modern Philosophy. Edited by A Troglodyte. With the Co-operation of The Absolute and Others. London: published for the Mind! Association by Williams and Norgate .... Special Illustrated Christmas Number. 1901. 141[1] pp., frontispiece, lacking final advertisement leaf and rear wrapper, preliminary leaves detached; untrimmed. Original printed front wrapper only, badly frayed at edges, creased.

[55382] £70

A "spoof" issue of Mind, edited by Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller (1864-1937), whilst a tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Articles include: The Place of Humour in the Absolute by F.H. Badly, The Critique of Pure Rot by I. Cant, Zur Phänomenologie des absoluten Unsinns by Prof. Dr. G.W. Flegel, Nursery Rhymes for Philosophic Beginners. The obituary notices include that of Socrates. Schiller's anti-Hegelianism can be noticed: "We regret to state that Hegeloiosis is still rampant in certain philosophic circles. The Doctors of Philosophy appear to be quite incapable of coping with the ravages of this insidious diseases, which, originally made (for export only) in Germany, has now assumed the proportions of a cachinnational danger." Schiller's "Riddles of the Sphinx" (1891), also written under the pseudonym "A Troglodyte", was offered unsuccessfully to Cornell University as a Ph.D. thesis. "Probably others besides ourselves have been taken in by the elaborate parody of 'Mind' which has just emanated from Oxford. In exterior it exactly resembles that profound periodical, except for an exclamation mark after the title. It is certainly the most elaborate joke we have ever seen, from the advertisements to the list of books received." (contemporary review, 'Cambridge Review').

 

Von WRIGHT, G.H. Form and Content in Logic. An Inaugural Lecture delivered on 26 May 1949 in the University of Cambridge. Cambridge: at the University Press. 1949. Small 8vo: 34[2] pp. Original printed wrappers, a little frayed at base of spine. First edition. Scarce.

[56736] £75

 

WHITEHEAD, Alfred North. An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge. Cambridge University Press. 1919. xii, 200 pp. Original navy cloth, gilt lettering, in bright condition. First edition.

[72675] £100

Dedicated to Whitehead's younger son, Eric, who was killed in action in March 1918.

 

WHITEHEAD, Alfred North. An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge. Cambridge: at the University Press. 1919. xii, 200 pp. Original navy cloth, lettered in gilt, a bright copy. First edition.

[56288] £100

 

WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough [Bemerkungen über Frazers Golden Bough]. Edited by Rush Rees, English translation by A.C. Miles. [Retford, Nottinghamshire]: Brynmill Press. [1979]. vi, 18 leaves, parallel German/English text. Original cloth in frayed and spotted dust jacket.

[73532] £50

The German text reprinted with corrections from 'Synthese', vol. XVII, 1967; the English translation first appeared in 'The Human World', no.3, 1971.

 

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