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BELL, James. Influence of Physical Research on Mental Philosophy. Being the essay which gained the Edinburgh University Prize, proposed to the students of sessions 1836-7 and 1837-8. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black. 1839. Small 8vo: xii, 124 pp. Contemporary straight-grained morocco, by Orrock & Romanes of Edinburgh, with their ticket, contrasting label, scuffed at extremities. With the engraved bookplate of Emma Grierson Yorstoun. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on front free endpaper. First edition.

[56242] £120

James Bell, student of divinity, was awarded a £50 prize for this essay.


(BENTHAM) COHEN, Victor. Jeremy Bentham. Fabian Society, April 1927. 20 pp. Original printed front wrapper present. First edition.

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Fabian Biographical Series No. 11. Fabian Tract No. 221.


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

[55900] £28


BROWN, John. Essays on the Characteristics. London: printed for C. Davis. 1751. [iv] including title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette by N. Blakey after C. Grignion, viii, 406 pp., with two errata listed on final leaf of text. Contemporary calf, raised bands, lacking lettering-piece, partly split on joints but firm. First edition.

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Three Essays on Shaftesbury's 'Characteristicks' (1711) - I. On Ridicule considered as a Test of Truth, II. On the Obligations of Man to Virtue, and the Necessity of religious Principle, III. On revealed Religion, and Christianity. Dedicated to Ralph Allen of Bath.


BUTLER, Joseph. The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution and Course of Nature. To which are added Two brief Dissertations: I.Of Personal Identity. II.Of the Nature of Virtue. London: printed for James, John and Paul Knapton. 1736. Quarto: [x], x, 11-320 pp., without half-title; title-page and final leaf somewhat soiled, scattered browning mainly affecting margins. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to match, raised bands and contrasting label. First edition.

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Printing and the Mind of Man, 193.


CAIRD, Edward. A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant. With an historical introduction. Glasgow: James Maclehose. 1877. xx, 673 pp., pencilled notes to rear blank; library stamp and bookplates to front endpapers. Contemporary full vellum gilt, red morocco label to spine, central gilt armorial to each cover, slightly soiled on spine. First edition.

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Caird's first book, in which he sought "to explain the Critical Philosophy in its relation to the general development of Philosophy, and especially to the stages of that development which immediately preceded it." (Preface).


CHANDLER, Samuel. A Vindication of the Christian Religion. In two parts. I.A Discourse of the Nature and Use of Miracles. II. An Answer to a late Book entitled, A Discourse of the Grounds and Reasons of the Christian Religion. Second edition. London: printed for S. Chandler. 1728. xxviii, 404 pp; occasional browning to the margins. Contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked, raised bands, with contrasting morocco label.

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First published in 1725. The second part is an attack on Anthony Collins' anonymous work, published in 1724, which provoked a major debate. With a separate title-page to each part, that for the "Answer" dated 1727.


CHAPMAN, John. Eusebius: Or the True Christian's Defense against a Late Book entitul'd the Moral Philosopher. Cambridge: printed for W. Thurlbourn and sold by Mess. Knaptons, Innys and Manby, Betsworth and Hitch, Ch. Rivington and S. Birt Booksellers in London. 1739. [xxx] including addenda/errata leaf, 550 pp., advertisement leaf. Contemporary panelled calf, some wear to extremities, heavily rubbed on spine, joints tender. First edition.

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A second volume was published in 1741. Chapman's attack on Thomas Morgan's "The Moral Philosopher" (1737). "Chapman's real argument is that any attempt to define morality in terms of relation is flawed since morality in his terms is specifically obedience to the will of God. .... Having demonstrated the necessity of revelation, 'Eusebius' becomes a long and learned defence of its accuracy, depending much, as its full title implies, on the early Fathers and other historical records of the Church.

Morgan replied in the second volume of "The Moral Philosopher".

ESTCT 65451.


Sidgwick's copy

CLIFFORD, William Kingdon. Lectures and Essays. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Frederick Pollock. In two volumes. London: Macmillan and Co. 1879. Two volumes: portrait frontispiece to each, [iv], 340; [iv], 321[1] pp. plus 32-page publishers catalogue; untrimmed. Ex-library with ink stamp to verso of title-pages and to first and last leaves of text. Original cloth, recased with original backstrips relaid. First edition.

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With ownership inscription in each volume of A. Sidgwick, Oxford, 1879.


CLIFFORD, William Kingdon. The Common Sense of the Exact Sciences. Edited and with a preface by Karl Pearson, newly edited and with an introduction by James R. Newman, preface by Bertrand Russell. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1946. lxvi, 249 [3] pp., diagrams to text. Original cloth gilt in slightly frayed dust jacket.

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With original receipt from Heffer & Sons Ltd., Cambridge.

"A classic explanation of modern scientific and mathematical thought" (from the dust jacket).


COGAN, Thomas. Ethical Questions; or Speculations on the Principal Subjects of Controversy in Moral Philosophy. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies [etc]. 1817. vi [ii], 439[1] pp; scattered foxing particularly to first and last few leaves, two library stamps to title-page and first leaf of preface. Recent good-quality panelled calf, raised bands and contrasting label. First edition.

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Speculation 5 criticises Beattie; Speculation 6 criticises Hume's "Enquiry into the Human Understanding", section by section. (Fieser, "A Bibliography of Hume's Writings and Early Responses, p.148).


COGAN, Thomas. Theological Disquisitions; or, an Enquiry into those Principles of Religion, which are most influential in Directing and Regulating the Passions and Affections of the Mind. I.Disquisition - on Natural Religion. II.Disquisition - on the Jewish Dispensation, respecting Religion and Morals. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies. 1812. xvi, 487[1] pp; title-page and final leaf browned, occasional browning or light water-staining; small tear to margin of p.vii/viii. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, contrasting label. First edition.

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The second disquisition, "On the Characteristic Peculiarities of the Jewish Dispensation, respecting Religion and Morals" occupies the majority of the work, from p.61 onwards. This work was also published as volume 4 of Cogan's "A Treatise on the Passions and Affections of the Mind".


COLLIER, Jeremy. Essays upon several Moral Subjects. In two parts. Part I. Upon Pride. Upon Cloaths. Upon Duelling. Upon General Kindness. Upon the Office of a Chaplain. Upon the Weakness of Human Reason. Part II. Of Fame. Of Musick. Of the Value of Life. Of the Spleen. Of Eagerness of Desire. Of Friendship. Of Popularity. A Thought. Of the Entertainment of Books. Of Confidence. Of Envy. Of the Aspect. Against Despair. Of Covetousness. Of Liberty. Of Old Age. Of Pleasure. Third edition. London: printed for R. Sare … and H. Hindmarsh. 1698. Two parts in one: [viii], 246, advertisement leaf, [viii], 200 pp. Contemporary panelled calf, split on rear joint, chipped at top of spine.

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Jeremy Collier (1650-1726), famous as a pamphleteer, particularly after the publication of his Short View on the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage, which singled out playwrights such as Dryden and Congreve for particular attack.

A third part of the Essays upon Several Moral Subjects was published in 1705. Wing C5254


COLLINGWOOD, W.Gershom. Astrology in the Apocalypse, an Essay on Biblical Allusions to Chaldaean Science. Orpington, Kent: George Allen. 1886. Small 8vo: viii (without front endpaper), 150 pp. plus advertisement leaf. Original cloth, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition. Scarce.

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In the prefatory note, Collingwood (1854-1932, father of R.G. Collingwood) expresses his thanks to John Ruskin for the gift of a library of rare books on the subject of the text.


COLLINGWOOD, W.G. The Fésole Club Papers: Being Lessons in Sketching for Home-Learners. Ulverston, Lancs: W. Holmes Ltd. 1906. [viii], 144 pp. Original cloth, lettered in gilt, rubbed at extremities. First edition.

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Scarce. Collingwood (1854-1932) was Professor of Fine Art at Reading.


[COPLESTON, Edward]. A Letter to John Coker, of New College, Esq. on his Second Edition of Reflections on the late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford/A Second Letter to John Coker …….... Oxford: sold by J. Parker. 1810 / An Answer to a Letter, addressed by the Rev. Edward Copleston, to John Coker Esq. upon the Subject of his Reflections, on the late Election of a Chancellor …. Maidstone: J. Blake. [1810]. 20/22/28 pp. respectively; some browning to the margins. Disbound. First editions.

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Copleston (1776-1849), was elected professor of poetry at Oriel College in 1802, provost of Oriel college in 1814, and bishop of Llandaff from 1827; he wrote on education, economics and theology, and was a regular contributor to the 'Quarterly Review' between 1811 and 1822. He admired the work of Dugald Stewart, and introduced the work of the late Scottish Enlightenment to Oxford, and so too to the first Oxford political economists Nassau Senior and Richard Whately.


CROFT, George. Eight Sermons preached before the University of Oxford, in the year 1786. At the lecture founded by the late Rev. John Bampton. Oxford: printed at the Clarendon Press. 1786. [xii], 210 pp. plus advertisement leaf. Contemporary speckled calf, gilt decorated spine, rubbed, front joint tender.

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The Sermons include 'The Use and Abuse of Reason', 'objections against Inspiration considered', 'On the Evils of Separation'. Croft (1747-1809) defends the rights of the Church of England against nonconformity. ESTCT98913.


(CUDWORTH) SCOTT, W.R. An Introduction to Cudworth's Treatise concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality with Life of Cudworth and a few Critical Notes. London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1891. Small 8vo: xii, 67[1] pp; some pencilling. Original cloth, a little rubbed. First editiion.

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DE MORGAN, Augustus. A Budget of Paradoxes. (Reprinted, with the author's additions, from the 'Athenaeum'). London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1872. vii[i], 511[1] pp., plus publisher's 24-page catalogue dated March 1872; some light foxing; untrimmed, new endpapers. Original blue cloth, rebacked with original spine relaid. First edition.

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[DIGBY, Kenelm]. Two Treatises: In the one of which, The Nature of Bodies; In the other, The Nature of Mans Soul, is looked into: in way of Discovery of the Immortality of Reasonable Souls. London: printed for John Williams. 1658. Small quarto: [xlviii], 429[1], [x], 143[3] pp; title-page creased and a little frayed on outer edge. Contemporary calf, rebacked preserving original spine, rubbed. With the ownership inscription of Johannis Stevens dated August 1658 and later bookplate of Edward Wake.

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The third edition (first, Paris, 1644). Digby (1603-1665) "has been acclaimed as an important presenter in English of the newly fashionable mechanical philosophy; and there is no doubt that his diverse writings well exemplify some of the complexities of seventeenth-century intellectual developments. .... 'Two Treatises', published in Paris at the time of his contact with the fashionable philosophers of the Mersenne Circle (including Descartes, Hobbes and Gassendi), this work represents an early account of atomism by one who here claims nevertheless to remain essentially Aristotelian. The paradox was recognized by contemporaries who identified a specifically 'Digbaean atomism', whose antecedents, they believed, were to be attributed to Epicurus rather than Aristotle." Beverley Southgate in "Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers". Wing D1450.


Presentation copy, with letter

[EDMOND, E]. Scottish Metaphysics, Reconstructed in Accordance with the Principles of Physical Science. By the writer of 'Free Notes on Herbert Spencer's First Principles. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1887. Small 8vo: xiv, 244 pp. Original red cloth, faded on spine. First edition. Scarce.

[56712] £170

Presentation copy from the author to Miss Allan, inscribed on half-title and dated 1887. With a letter (three sides of a folded quarto sheet), dated December 1887, addressed to Miss Allan, signed "E. Edmond", offering advice on how to study metaphysics. "You see I have been obliged in this book to state a good deal of the old artificial system, along with the proposed natural system, ... but it requires a new volume simply to state the natural system. This I cannot afford to spend money upon. For such books do not sell, except they are done by or recommended by, a Professor or other grand man. Still, to try and make my present one useful, I have asked Blackwood to send copies to the public libraries in the kingdom, where some person, not yet drilled in the old grooves, may come to appreciate it, and at last bring it into notice and repute. Thus the Americans first brought Carlyle into notice." Edmond was also the author of "Oxford Metaphysics and Ethics" (1889).


FABIAN SOCIETY Tracts [as follows]:- 41, The Fabian Society, its Early History by G. Bernard Shaw, reprinted April 1914; 45, The Impossibilities of Anarchism, by Bernard Shaw, July 1893; 61, The London Council, What it is and what it does, 1895; 62, Parish and District Councils, what they are and what they can do, 2 copies - 1895 and 1907; 63, Parish Council Cottages and how to get them, revised November 1900; 64, How to Lose and How to Win and Election, no date; 68, The Tenant's Sanitary Catechism, revised July 1899; 70, Report on Fabian Policy and Resolutions, July 1896; 71, The (London) Tenant's Sanitary Catechism, December 1896; 72, The Moral Aspects of Socialism, by Sidney Ball, November 1896; 73, The Case for State Pensions in Old Age, by George Turner, second edition, November 1899; 74, The State and its Functions in New Zealand, December 1896; 76, Houses for the People, third edition, December 1900; 77, The Municipalization of Tramways, July 1897; Socialism and the Teaching of Christ, by Rev. John Clifford, May 1898; 79, A Word of Remembrance and Caution to the Rich, by John Woolman (Quaker, of New Jersey), January 1898; 80, Shop Life and its Reform, December 1897; 81, Municipal Water, February 1898; 82, The Workmen's Compensation Act, January 1900; 83, State Arbitration and the Living Wage, June 1898; 84, The Economics of Direct Employment, second edition, February 1900; 85, Liquor Licensing at Home and Abroad, second edition revised, by Edward R. Pease, June 1899; 86, Municipal Drink Traffic …, second edition, November 1899; 87, Sosialaeth A Dysgeidiaeth Crist, by John Clifford, June 1899; 88, The Growth of Monopoly in English Industry, by Henry W. Macrosty, September 1899; 89, Old Age Pensions at Work, September 1899; 90, The Municipalization of the Milk Supply, July 1899; 91, Municipal Pawnshops, December 1899; 92, Municipal Slaughterhouses, December 1899; 93, Women as Counciillors, March 1900; 94, Municipal Bakeries, December 1900; 95, Municipal Hospitals, December 1900; 96, Municipal Fire Insurance, February 1901; 97, Municipal Steamboats, February 1901; 98, State Railways for Ireland, October 1899; 99, Local Government in Ireland, February 1900; 100, Metropolitan Borough Councils, their Powers and Duties, January 1900 (with folding table); 146, Socialism and Superior Brains, a reply to Mr Mallock, by Bernard Shaw, reprinted October 1918; 226, The League of Nations, by Bernard Shaw, January 1929; 233, Socialism: Principles and Outlook, by G. Bernard Shaw, April 1930. Occasional minor spotting or browning. Contents loose in contemporary cloth.

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FABIAN SOCIETY. Fabian Tracts. Nos. 1, 5, 7, 9, 12 to 86, nos. 2,3,4 and 6 are withdrawn. Nos. 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, [27], 43, 46 and 53 are out of print. Published by the Fabian Society from 1884 to 1898. London: The Fabian Office. 1884-98. General title-page, each separately paginated. Contemporary cloth, rubbed.

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FABIAN SOCIETY. Fabian Tracts: Nos. 3, To Provident Landlords and Capitalists, a Suggestion and a Warning; 4, What Socialism is [by Charlotte Wilson]; 29, What to Read, a List of Books for Social Reformers; 39, A Democratic Budget; 40, Fabian Election Manifesto; 63, Parish Council Cottages and How to Get Them; 65, Trade Unionists and Politics; 67, Women and the Factory Acts, by Mrs. Sidney Webb; 74, The State and its Functions in New Zealand; 77, The Municipalization of Tramways; 80, Shop Life and its Reform; 81, Municipal Water; 82, The Workmen's Compensation Act; 83, State Arbitration and the Living Wage; 85, Liquor Licensing at Home and Abroad, by Edward R. Pease; 87, Sosialaeth A Dysgeidiaeth Crist, by John Clifford [in Welsh]; 88, The Growth of Monopoly in English Industry, by Henry W. Macrosty; 89, Old Age Pensions at Work; 99, Local Government in Ireland; 101, The House Famine and How to Relieve It; 106, The Education Muddle and the Way Out; 110, Problems of Indian Poverty, by S.S. Thorburn; 112, Life in the Laundry; 115, State-Aid to Agriculture, by T.S. Dymond; 116, Fabianism and the Fiscal Question; 118, The Secret of Rural Depopulation, by Lieut.-Col. D.C. Pedder; 120, "After Bread, Education" a Plan for the State Feeding of School Children; 126, The Abolition of Poor Law Guardians; 127, Socialism and Labor Policy; 135, Paupers and Old Age Pensions, by Sidney Webb; 153, The Twentieth Century Reform Bill, by Henry H. Schloesser; 163, Women and Prisons by Helen Blagg & Charlotte Wilson; 185, The Abolition of the Poor Law, by Mrs. Sidney Webb; 197, The International Labour Organisation of the League of Nations, by Wm. Stephen Sanders; 198, Some Problems of Education, by Barbara Drake; 199, William Lovett, by Mrs. L. Barbara Hammond; 200, The State in the New Social Order, by Harold J. Laski; 201, International Co-Operative Trade, by Leonard Woolf; 202, The Constitutional Problems of a Co-operative Society, by Sidney Webb; 203, The Need for Federal Reorganisation in the Co-operative Movement, by Sidney Webb; 204, The Position of Employees in the Co-operative Movement, by Lilian Harris; 205, Co-operative Education, by Lilian A. Dawson; 206, The Co-operator in Politics, by Alfred Barnes; 207, The Labour Party on the Threshold, by Sidney Webb. London: Geo. Standring/Fabian Society. 1885-1923. 44 tracts bound together, each numbered in ink to top right-hand corner of title-page, some with library stamp, some title-pages a little soiled; nos. 40, 163 & 199 retaining original printed wrappers. Disbound.

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The Fabian Society, a socialist society set up in 1884, advocated gradual rather than revolutionary social reform. The name came from the Roman general Quintus Fabius whose strategy was to delay battle until the right moment. Early members included Sidney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Emmeline Pankhurst and H.G. Wells.


Animosity over the logic chair at Edinburgh

(FERRIER) CAIRNS, John. An Examination of Professor Ferrier's 'Theory of Knowing and Being'. Second edition. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable and Co. 1856. 31 pp., bound with The Scottish Philosophy: a Vindication and Reply. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable and Co. 1856. 26 pp., bound with Cairns's Electioneering Pamphlet on the Logic Chair. From the Edinburgh Advertiser. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1856. 16 pp. The three works bound together in modern marbled boards.

[56189] £275

Cairns writes against J.F. Ferrier's candidature for the Edinburgh chair, since his success "would involve the summary and sweeping reversal of all that Hamilton counted worthy of adoption". The second pamphlet is a reply to J. Smith's "An examination of Cairns' examination of Ferrier". Jessop, p.124.


GODDARD, Thomas. Plato's Demon: Or, the State-Physician Unmaskt; Being a Discourse in Answer to a Book call'd Plato Redivivus. London: printed by H. Hills Jun. for Walter Kettilby. 1684. Small 8vo: [xvi], 376 [4] pp. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, contrasting label. First edition.

From the library of Frances Emma Watkins of Denver, Colorado (1899-ca.1987) with her bookplate to rear pastedown, and earlier signature "L.A. Watkins, Denver, Colo. 1889" to front pastedown.

[56089] £300

A reply to Henry Neville's work of 1681. "Amongst many Seditious Libels, which of late have come abroad, none is more insolently bold than that which bears the Name of Plato Redvivus. The Author seems so hardened and confirmed in his Villanous Errors, that he makes no scruple to offer Treason and Sedition, for Reason and Loyalty. He would make us believe that he is supporting Our Government, whilst he endeavours utterly to destroy it ...." from the Preface. Wing G917.


GREGORY, John. A Comparative View of the State and Faculties of Man with those of the Animal World .... in two volumes. The sixth edition. London: printed for J. Dodsley. 1774. Small 8vo. Two volumes: half-title to each volume, xvi, 172, [16]; 208 [4] pp; preface and contents leaves in volume 1 misbound. Contemporary sheep, later good quality reback, raised bands, contrasting morocco labels.

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First published in 1765. Jessop, p.133.


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.

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"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.

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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.


GROTE, George. Posthumous Papers: comprising selections from familiar correspondence during half a century; some youthful compositions ... with portions of mss. notes, and extracts from authors ancient and modern .... edited by Mrs. Grote (for private circulation). London: printed by William Clowes and Sons. 1874. xi[i], 267 pp., untrimmed and partly unopened. Original cloth, very slightly frayed at top and bottom of spine. First edition.

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George Grote (1794-1871), historian and older brother of John Grote, moral philosopher and epistemologist; Harriet, his wife, died in 1878, aged 80.


HALLE, Hughes Fraser. Exact Philosophy: Books First and Second. London: Effingham Wilson. 1848. xxvi[ii], 212 pp., occasional foxing; untrimmed and partly unopened. Original blind stamped cloth, gilt lettering to spine, partly split at head and base of joints. First edition. Rare.

[55880] £240

Halle (1808-1886) was also the author of the articles on "Hume's Essay" and "Schism" in the "Britannic Censor of European Philosophy" (1844). "Exact Philosophy" includes chapters on "Further Illustrations of a Scientific Disregard of the Laws of Exact Reasoning", "Legendary Physics, as exhibited by Auguste Comte's Negative Sophistry", "Grand Cause of the General Discordance of Human Thought", "Remarkable Defects in Euclid's Logic", "Formal Logic and Exact Logic", "Laws of Positive or Exact Logic", etc.


HARRIS, James. Philological Inquiries in Three Parts. London: printed for C. Nourse. 1781. Portrait frontispiece (after Bartolozzi) (lightly offset to title-page), [xxx], 236, [iv], [237]-571 [37] pp., with engraved frontispiece of a gymnasium (after James Stuart) to third part, and one other engraved plate of Hercules (after Bartolozzi) opposite p.542. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked. A good copy of the first edition.

[55651] £280

Harris's last book, published posthumously.


HARRIS, Robert. Two Sermons: wherein we are taught, I.How to get, 2.How to keepe, 3.How to use a good Conscience. Preached in Alldermanbury Church, London. Not heretofore Published. London: printed by T.B[rudenell] for John Bartlet. 1630. Small quarto: 43 pp; large woodcut initial letter to each sermon; some browning and marginal staining. Unbound. First edition.

[70110] £100

STC 12854.


HARTLEY, David. Observations on Man, his Frame, his Duty, and his Expections. In two parts. Part the First: containing Observations on the Frame of the Human Body and Mind, and on their mutual connexions and influences [Part the Second: containing Observations on the Duty and Expectations of Mankind]. London: J. Johnson. 1791. Two volumes: [ii], xvi, iv, 512; xii, 455[1] pp; some scattered foxing or light browning. Contemporary tree calf, gilt decorated spines, some wear to spines, joints cracked.

[56323] £400

First published in 1749, with a quarto edition also published in 1791. The "Sketch of the Life and Character" by David Hartley, the author's son, with "Notes and Additions" by H.A. Pistorius, were published as an additional volume. The first part of the work presents Hartley's (1705-1757) basic theory and its applications to the mind, its powers and its affections; his basic theory is a synthesis of the psychological doctrine of assocation with Newton's doctrine of vibrations, of the oscillating motion of subtle bodies through a fluid; the first part also includes descriptions of the operations of the senses, the formation of complex ideas and passions, and explanations of involuntary and semi-voluntary processes. The second part deals with morality and religion.


HOADLY, Benjamin. Several Discourses concerning the Terms of Acceptance with God. In which I. The Terms themselves are distinctly laid down, .... and II. Several False Notions of the Conditions of Salvation are considered .... Third edition. London: printed for James and John Knapton. 1727. [xvi], 423[1] pp; library stamp to title-page; contents clean and crisp. Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, morocco label, rubbed.

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First published in 1711. Hoadly (1676-1761) became chaplain to George I in 1715, and Bishop of Bangor in the following year. He was highly thought of by dissenters, and his colleagues were disturbed by his teaching on the nature of ecclesiastical authority.


[HOBBES, Thomas]. Elementorum Philosophiae Sectio Prima De Corpore. [Amsterdam: Joannem Blaeu. 1668]. Small quarto: [viii] including half-title, 261 pp., 13 folding diagrams; scattered foxing and some light water-staining. Contemporary vellum, a little soiled.

[70888] £800

The third part only of the first collected edition of Hobbes' works - comprising Computatio sive Logica, Philosophia Prima, De Rationibus Motuum & Magnitudinum, Physica sive Naturae Phaenomenae.

Macdonald & Hargreaves 104.


HOBBES, Thomas. Oeuvres Philosophiques et Politiques de Thomas Hobbes …. Tome Premier, Contenant les Élémens du Citoyen, traduits en Francois, par un de ses amis [Tome Second, Contenant le Corps Politique & la Nature Humaine]. Neufchatel: De l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique. 1787. Two volumes: half-title to each volume, engraved portrait to volume I, xlviii, 452, [18]; iv, 292 pp. Contemporary quarter calf with gilt decorated spines and contrasting labels.

[70494] £750

The first French collected edition. 'De Cive' and 'De Corpore Politico' translated by Samuel Sorbière, and 'Humane Nature' translated by by Baron d'Holbach.


(HOBBES) [EACHARD, John]. The Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy and Religion enquired into. In a Letter to R.L. The tenth edition. London: printed for E. Blagrave. 1696. 144 pp., bound with Some Observations upon the Answer to an Enquiry into the Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy. With some Additions. In a Second Letter to R.L. By the same Author. The sixth edition. London: printed for E. Blagrave. 1696. [x], 188 pp., bound with Mr. Hobbs's State of Nature considered: in a Dialogue between Philautus and Timothy. To which are added Five Letters, from the Author of the Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy. The fourth edition, corrected by the Author. London: printed for E. Blagrave. 1696. [xvi], 247 pp. Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked.

[51359] £450

'The Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy …' ".... brims over with wit and humour, had a rapid sale, and passed through many editions. The author represents the contempt with which the clergy were generally regarded as being in great measure due to a wrong method of education or the poverty of some of the inferior clergy. .... Eachard reply to the first of his assailants in 'Some Observations upon the Answer .…'" D.N.B. 'Mr. Hobbs's State of Nature considered' is Eachard's reply to 'Leviathan'. Wing E55, E63, E59.


HUME, David. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects. Two vols. - Vol. I, Understanding - Passions [Vol. II, Passions - Morals]. A new edition. London: printed for Thomas and Joseph Allman. 1817. Two volumes: 426, iv, 368 pp. Bookplate to front pastedown in each volume. Contemporary calf, rebacked with contrasting labels, gilt decoration, a little rubbed.

[73538] £750

First published in 1739, the second edition not appearing until 1817.


(HUME) [MACQUEEN, Daniel]. Letters on Mr. Hume's History of Great Britain. Edinburgh: printed by Sands, Donaldson, Murray, and Cochran for A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson. 1756. Half-title present, 328 pp; blind stamp to title-page. Recent quarter calf, morocco label. First edition.

[51544] £450

MacQueen provides one of the earliest responses to Hume's 'History of Great Britain' (later 'The History of England'.) Hume amended two passages after the first edition of the work was published, and MacQueen's criticism may have been responsible for this. Jessop p.49.


[JENYNS, Soame]. A Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil. In Six Letters to -----. London: printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1757. Small 8vo: [iv], 193 pp., engraved vignette to title. Contemporary calf, later gilt decorated spine with raised bands, contrasting label. First edition. An attractive copy.

[72915] £250

The first edition with p.102 not numbered and p.157 incorectly numbered; a second issue was published in the same year with the addition of a half-title and with the pagination errors corrected. This work attracted much notice at the time of its publication. Samuel Johnson wrote a brilliant and slashing review of it in the `Literary Magazine'


JEVONS, W. Stanley. Pure Logic and other Minor Works. Edited by Robert Adamson ... and Harriet A. Jevons. With a Preface by Professor Adamson. London: Macmillan and Co. 1890. xxii[iii], 299[1] pp., with 3 full-page diagrams bound between pages 156 and 157; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed, with some wear to extremities, joints starting to split. First edition.

[56316] £260


Philadelphia provenance

JEVONS, W. Stanley. The Coal Question; An Inquiry concerning the Progress of the Nation, and the Probable Exhaustion of our Coal-Mines. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1865. xix[i] - including frontispiece, 349[1] pp. plus advertisement leaf; perforated library stamp to title-page and final leaf of text; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed. First edition.

[73433] £1500

The frontispiece graph shows the 'Supposed future consumption of Coal' to the year 2000.

In The Coal Question, Jevons covered a breadth of concepts on energy depletion that have recently been revisited by writers covering the subject of peak oil. For example, Jevons explained that improving energy efficiency typically reduced energy costs and thereby increased rather than decreased energy use, an effect now known as Jevons paradox. The Coal Question remains a paradigmatic study of resource depletion theory. Jevons's son, H. Stanley Jevons, published an 800-page follow-up study in 1915 in which the difficulties of estimating recoverable reserves of a theoretically finite resource are discussed in detail. The work had a powerful influence on Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the matter.

Pencil inscription on title-page reads "from H. Pratt McKean Nov.6/66", with occasional notes to margins in same hand and to rear endpaper. Henry Pratt McKean (1810-1894) of Philadelphia, grandson of Thomas McKean, signer of Declaration of Independence.


JONES, Rev. John. The Moral Tendency of Divine Revelation asserted and illustrated, in Eight Discourses preached before the University of Oxford ... at the Lecture founded by the late Rev. John Bampton. Oxford: at the university press for the author. 1821. xv[i], 431[1] pp. Contemporary calf, raised bands, rubbed, chipped at head and base of front joint. First edition.

[56469] £60


LOCKE, John. A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr. John Locke, never before printed, or not extant in his Works. Publish'd by the Author of the Life of the ever-memorable Mr. John Hales, &c. London: printed by J. Bettenham for R. Francklin. 1720. [xxxvi], xxiv, [ii], 362, [18], errata leaf, 3 pp. advertisements; with engraved vignette to title-page and engraved plate 'The Solar System' opposite p.187; minor worming to margins of early leaves; occasional browning. Contemporary calf, worn on corners, rebacked with gilt lettering and library reference number to base of spine. First edition.

[55528] £500

This collection was put together from manuscript papers in the hands of Anthony Collins, Samuel Bold, and others, with the help of Locke's nephew Peter King. Published by Pierre Desmaizeaux. Yolton 316A, first issue. Attig 787.


LOCKE, John. De Intellectu Humano. In Quatuor Libris. .... Edition Quarta Aucta & Emendata, & nunc primum Latine reddita. London: Aunshami & Johan. Churchil. 1701. Folio: engraved portrait frontispiece by Vanderbanck after Brounower, [xxvi], 317[1] pp. (with page nos. 65-68 repeated, 165-172 omitted, 232 called '223'); portrait somewhat creased; title-page splashed with ink. Contemporary calf, raised bands, morocco label, some wear to top and bottom of spine. First edition.

[54155] £1750

The first edition in Latin of Locke's "Essay," translated by Ezekiel Burridge from the fourth edition of 1700, with the portrait (not mentioned by Attig). An important edition since, together with the French translation published a year earlier, it made the "Essay" accessible to the learned world outside English-speaking countries. Yolton 110. Attig 421.


LOCKE, John. An Essay concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. The Second Edition, with large Additions. London: printed for Awnsham and John Churchil ... and Samuel Manship. 1694. Folio: fine engraved portrait frontispiece by Brounower engraved by Vanderbanck, [xl], 407[1] plus [12] pp. index; occasional minor marginal soiling, small rust or burn mark in p.263/4(Ll4) with loss of 3 letters; a small wormhole begins at the very outer margin of p.143 to the end, with some repairs; faint ownership inscription to top margin of title page - Enoch French(?). Later (19th century) crimson full calf, gilt decorated spine, contrasting label, scuffed.

[56360] £2000

The important second edition, which includes a portrait, much new material (comprising 31 leaves), and significant changes; these were, in the main, inspired by Locke's correspondence with the Irish scientist and philosopher, William Molyneux. Yolton 62B (second edition, second issue). Attig 229. Wing L2740.


LOCKE, John. Posthumous Works of Mr. John Locke: viz. I.Of the Conduct of the Understanding. II.An Examination of P. Malebranche's Opinion of Seeing all things in God. III.A Discourse of Miracles. IV.Part of a Fourth Letter for Toleration. V.Memoirs relating to the Life of Anthony first Earl of Shaftesbury. To which is added, VI.His New Method of a Common-Place-Book, written originally in French, and now translated into English. London: printed by W.B. for A. and J. Churchill. 1706. [iv], 336 pp; old ownership inscription to title-page, contents generally clean. Modern quarter calf with marbled boards, contrasting label. First edition.

[56173] £550

This collection of Locke's works, some of which were previously unpublished, was put together two years after Locke's death by his literary executors, Peter King and Anthony Collins. Yolton 299. Attig 724.


LOCKE, John. Some Thoughts concerning Education. The sixth edition enlarged. London: printed for A. and J. Churchill. 1709. [viii], 390[2] pp. Contemporary panelled calf, split on joints.

[56174] £280

Yolton 170. Attig 527.


LOCKE, John. Some Thoughts concerning Education. The twelfth edition. Edinburgh: printed for J. Brown. 1752. 12mo: [vi], 325 [5] pp; some staining to inner margins. Recent half calf, raised bands, gilt lettering.

[52211] £120

Yolton 181. Attig 539.


(LOCKE) KING, Peter, 7th Baron. The Life of John Locke, with extracts from his Correspondence, Journals, and Common-Place Books. New edition, with considerable additions. In two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1830. Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume 1, viii + 447 pp; engraved facsimile of Locke's handwriting, 375 + iv + 144 pp; some light browning to preliminary leaves. Contemporary full calf, rebacked with gilt decorated spines relaid, morocco labels.

[52290] £250

With the addition of an index to the notes of Lord King. Yolton 329.


(LOCKE) WEBB, Thomas E. The Intellectualism of Locke: An Essay. Dublin: William McGee & Co. [1857]. [xii], 192 pp; bound with GRAHAM, William. Idealism: An Essay, Metaphysical and Critical. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1872. xl, 196 pp., corrigenda slip. The two works bound together in contemporary calf, gilt decorated spine, rubbed, contrasting label. First editions.

[52305] £200


(LOCKE) WEBB, Thomas E. The Intellectualism of Locke: An Essay. Dublin: William McGee & Co. 1857. [xiv] + 192 pp; substantial underscoring and old marginal notes in ink. Original blind stamped cloth, neatly recased. First edition.

[52304] £150

Webb argues that Locke was neither a sensualist nor an empiricist, but an intellectualist.


(LOCKE) [WHITER, Walter]. A Specimen of a Commentary on Shakespeare. Containing I. Notes on As You Like It. II. An Attempt to explain and illustrate various passages, on a new principle of criticism, derived from Mr. Locke's Doctrine of the Association of Ideas. London: printed for T. Cadell. 1794. [vi], 258 pp., errata leaf. Modern marbled boards, morocco label. First edition.

[52306] £330

"An interesting attempt at applying Locke's account of the association of ideas to the reading of a text. The association of ideas is taken to be `the combination of those ideas, which have no natural alliance or relation to each other, but which have been united by chance.' The author uses this as a way of understanding the creative artist. The power of such an association `over the genius of the poet' consists in `supplying him with words and with ideas, which have been suggested to the mind.' That suggestion works by a `principle of union unperceived by himself (the poet) and independent of the subject to which they are applied.'"Yolton 1794.2.


MACKINTOSH, Right Hon. Sir James. The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh. In three volumes. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. 1846. Three volumes: [xii], [5]-581[1]; [iv], 579[1]; iv, 608 pp., some minor marginal damp staining or browning; top edge gilt, remainder untrimmed. Ex-library set with "library regulations" and presentation leaves bound into vol. 3, and "withdrawn" stamp to free endpapers in vols. 2 & 3, Contemporary half morocco, rubbed. First edition.

[55940] £200

Jessop, p.155.


MANSEL, Henry Longueville. Prolegomena Logica. An Inquiry into the Psychological Character of Logical Processes. Oxford: William Graham. 1851. [iv], xiii[iii], 320 pp; untrimmed. Original cloth, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition.

[56124] £150


MARTIN, Benjamin. Biographia Philosophica. Being an Account of the Lives, Writings, and Inventions, of the most eminent Philosophers and Mathematicians who have flourished from the earliest Ages of the World to the present Time. London: printed and sold by W. Owen, .... and by the Author. 1764. [iv], 565[3] pp; occasional spotting. Later half calf retaining old marbled boards, joints rubbed. First edition.

[55107] £360

"A collection of 156 biographies of great philosophers and mathematicians. More than half of the book is devoted to men of the seventeenth century - Leibnitz, Hooke, Boyle, Flamsteed, Huygens, etc. It is interesting to see them through the eyes of a contemporary philosopher. Newton's life runs from page 361 to 376. A footnote speaks of an engraved portrait of Newton as a frontispiece of the book, but it is not found in this copy." Babson 291. Martin (1704-1782), was self-taught in mathematics and astronomy, and an enthusiastic follower of Newton. He attempted several compendia of natural sciences and philosophy; his "English Dictionary" was published in 1749 with a second edition in 1757.


MILL, James. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind. In Two Volumes. London: Baldwin and Cradock. 1829. Two volumes: iv, 320 pp; iv, 312 pp; with traces of library stamp to foot of each title-page, contents otherwise clean; untrimmed. Recent quarter calf, morocco labels. First edition.

[52612] £500

An elaboration of Hartley's associationist psychology. The work was revised by John Stuart Mill, and appeared in 1869, as the younger Mill felt that it did not receive the attention it deserved on first publication.


MILL, John Stuart. Auguste Comte and Positivism. Reprinted from the Westminster Review. London: N. Trübner & Co. 1865. [ii], 200 pp. plus leaf of 'Positivist Publications'; untrimmed. Original brown cloth (with binder's ticket, Westleys & Co. London, on rear pastedown), old reback with approx. two-thirds of original spine laid down, worn at extremities, some damp staining to top of upper board not affecting contents. First edition.

[56063] £250

In two parts, part I, pages 1-124, "Auguste Comte and Positivism", part II, pages 125-200, "The Later Speculations of M. Comte". In Part I, Mill analyses and favourably criticises the earlier works of Comte which deal with the positive conception of the natural and social sciences, and in Part II analyses and criticises, much less favourably, the later works which deal with the positive conception of religion, politics, and morals. The articles first appeared in the Westminster Review in April and July 1865.


MILL, John Stuart. Autobiography. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1873. vi, 313[1] pp., plus erratum leaf and advertisement leaf; minor spotting to preliminary and final leaves. Original cloth, gilt lettering, slightly frayed at top and bottom of spine. First edition.

[55543] £125


MILL, John Stuart. The Earlier Letters of John Stuart Mill 1812-1848. Edited by Francis E. Mineka ... with an introduction by F.A. Hayek. University of Toronto Press/Routledge & Kegan Paul. [1963]. Two volumes: xxvii, 366; [367]-784 pp. Original cloth in dust jackets. G.

[55855] £70


MILL, John Stuart. An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy and of the Principal Philosophical Questions discussed in his Writings. Third edition. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1867. xvi, 633 pp. plus advertisement leaf; untrimmed. Original cloth, a little faded on spine.

[55057] £125


MILL, John Stuart. Inaugural Address delivered to the University of St. Andrews Feb. 1st 1867. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1867. 99[1] pp; some minor spotting to preliminary and final leaves; top edge gilt. Near contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands, contrasting morocco labels, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition.

[55139] £180

The address given by Mill at his installation as Rector of the University of St. Andrews, in which, limiting his remarks to the cultural aspects of education, he advocates the view that both the classics and the sciences should be taught; extols the virtues to be derived from linguistic pursuits and a first-hand knowledge of the Greek and Roman writers; defends the values to be found in scientific subjects such as mathematics, logic, and psychology; argues for the importance of training in aesthetic subjects; and urges that the university become a place for free speculation rather than of dogmatic indoctrination or of too intense specialisation in any one field. Print run of this edition is believed to be 1,000 copies. MacMinn, Hainds, and McCrimmon, p.98.


MILL, John Stuart. The Letters of John Stuart Mill. Edited, with an introduction, by Hugh S.R. Elliot, with a note on Mill's private life, by Mary Taylor. London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1910. Two volumes: xlvi, 312; vii[1], 408 pp., with portraits. Original cloth, a little faded and rubbed on spines, minor wear to head and base of spines. First edition.

[56058] £120


MILL, John Stuart. A System of Logic Ratiocinative and Inductive, being a connected view of the principles of evidence and the methods of scientific investigation. In two volumes. Seventh edition. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1868. Two volumes: xviii (including half-title), 541[1]; xv[i] (including half-title), 555[1] pp; minor foxing to preliminary leaves; top edges gilt. Near contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spines with raised bands, contrasting morocco labels, slightly rubbed and a little frayed at top of spines, volume II split approximately one-inch down front joint.

[55138] £180

First published in 1843.


(MILL) WEST, Julius. John Stuart Mill. London: published and sold by the Fabian Society. January 1913. 24 pp. Original printed wrappers, small library stamp to title-page and upper wrapper. First edition.

[54439] £30

Fabian Biographical Series No. 4. Fabian Tract No. 168.


MILLAR, John. Historical View of the English Government, from the Settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the Revolution in 1688. To which are subjoined, some Dissertations connected with the history of the Government. In four volumes. London: printed for J. Mawman. 1812. Four volumes: viii, 376; vii[i], 487; vii[i], 496; iv, 375 [48] pp; top corner of each title-page cut away without loss of text; scattered foxing and some light damp staining. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, rubbed.

[55939] £450

First published in 1787, the third enlarged edition with a further volume of dissertations appearing in 1803, edited by John Craig and James Mylne. This was the first work to describe the constitutional history of Britain. "Millar's approach encompasses theories of human nature, morality and justice derived from Adam Smith. Here Millar approached the history of the British Constitution from the wide perspective of the history of civil society. He did so as a philosophical historian, whose position is reflected, for example, in his treatment of the Ancient Constitution. .... it can be said that his approach to the history of society was basically scientific rather than political ..." Prof. Hideo Tanaka in "Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers".


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.


[MOSS, Charles] The Evidence of the Resurrection Cleared from the Exceptions of a late Pamphlet, entitled, The Resurrection of Jesus considered by a Moral Philosopher; in Answer to The Tryal of the Witnesses, &c. London: printed for John and Henry Pemberton. 1744. [iv], 164 pp., some light browning. Recent cloth, gilt lettering to spine. First edition. ESTC T64325.

[73531] £100

A response to Thomas Sherlock and Peter Annet's controversy on whether the witnesses to Jesus's resurrection are reliable or not.


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


Jourdain's copy

(NEWTON) ROUSE-BALL, W.W. An Essay on Newton's "Principia". London: Macmillan and Co. 1893. x[ii], 175[1] pp., plus 8 pp. advertisements. Original red cloth, faded, worn at top and bottom of spine. First edition. From the library of Philip E.B. Jourdain, with his ownership inscription dated August 1901 to front pastedown, and with marginal notes throughout.

[56676] £200

Walter William Rouse Ball (1850-1925) was appointed a lecturer in mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge in 1878 and from 1891 became Director of Mathematical Studies; he is probably best known as a historian of mathematics. His "A short account of the history of mathematics", first published in 1888, was reprinted a number of times. He also published histories of university and college societies, including a history of the First Trinity Boat Club. Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain (1879-1919) worked mainly in mathematical logic; he was a friend of, and inspired by, Russell. Jourdain was assistant editor, and later chief editor, of 'The Monist', and Russell's lectures on logical atomism were published in 'The Monist' in 1918/19, but Jourdain and Russell fell out over payment for the lectures. Jourdain prepared for the press his work "The Philosophy of Mr. B*rtr*nd R*ss*ll" (published in 1918), Russell having given his blessing to the work in manuscript.


NORRIS, John. An Account of Reason and Faith: In Relation to the Mysteries of Christianity. London: printed for S. Manship. 1697. [xiv], 346 pp., errata leaf, plus 4 pp. publisher's advertisements; some browning, particularly to the margins, lower corner of title-page torn away not into border. Contemporary calf with later reback, gilt decorated spine, torn at head of spine. First edition.

[56334] £230

Norris's answer to Toland's "Christianity not Mysterious" (1696). Norris describes Toland's book as "one of the most Bold, daring and irreverent pieces of Defiance of the Mysteries of the Christian Religion that even this Licentious Age has Produced" (Preface). Wing N1243.


NORRIS, John. A Philosophical Discourse concerning the Natural Immortality of the Soul. Wherein the Great Question of the Soul's Immortality is Endeavour'd to be Rightly Stated, and fully Clear'd. Occasion'd by Mr. Dodwell's late Epistolary Discourse. In two parts. (bound with) A Letter to Mr. Dodwell, concerning the Immortality of the Soul of Man .... Being a farther Pursuance in the Philosophical Discourse. London: printed for S. Manship. 1708/1709. [viii], 127[1]; [viii], 152 pp; title-pages printed in red and black; some gathers embrowned. Contemporary panelled calf, gilt decorated spine, lacking label, chipped at top and bottom of spine and joints cracked. First editions. With the ownership inscription of Wm. Robinson, dated 1727, and his occasional notes.

[56333] £350

Norris (1657-1711) wrote against materialists and atheists who appeared to doubt or to question the immortality of the soul. ESTCT76547/76776.


14 issues of 18th century review journal

[PARKER, Samuel]. Censura Temporum. The Good or Ill Tendencies of Books, Sermons, Pamphlets, &c. Impartially Consider'd, in a Dialogue between Eubulus and Sophronius. Volume II [Volume III]. London: printed for H. Clements. 1709 [1710]. Small quarto: pages 387-544, 579-731, [iv], Table - 12 pp; 96 pp; pages 67 onwards closely trimmed on top edge with occasional loss. Contemporary panelled calf, rubbed, joints tender, with gilt number "2" to spine.

[73468] £350

A monthly journal which ran from 1708 to 1710, includes censure of the religious ideas of Locke, Norris, Spinoza, Whiston. This volumes comprises the issues from January-May, July-December 1709 (lacking issue for June), and also the three issues for 1710.


PARKINSON, Rev. Richard. Rationalism and Revelation: or the Testimony of Moral Philosophy, the System of Nature, and the Constitution of Man, to the truth of the Doctrines of Scripture; in eight discourses, preached before the University of Cambridge ...with a Memoir of the founder of the lecture, the Rev. John Hulse. London: J.G. and F. Rivington. 1838. xlvii[i], 223[1] pp. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, gilt decorated spine and contrasting labels, a little rubbed. First edition.

[56470] £75


PRICE, Richard. A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals. Particularly those respecting the Origin of our Ideas of Virtue, its Nature, Reltion to the Deity, Obligation, Subject-matter, and Sanctions. The third edition, corrected, and enlarged by an Appendix, containing additional notes, and a Dissertation on the Being and Attributes of the Deity. London: printed for T. Cadell. 1787. vii[i], 512 pp; some minor spotting mainly affecting first and last few leaves. Later (19th century) full calf by Seton Mound of Edinburgh, blind tooled spine, contrasting morocco label, rubbed at extremities, joints tender.

[71525] £300

Price's first work, first published in 1758, with numerous revisions and changes to subsequent editions. Price's system of moral philosophy foreshadowed the fundamental ideas and expressions of Kant.


PRIESTLEY, Joseph. The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated; being an Appendix to the Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit. To which is added An Answer to the Letters on Materialism, and on Hartley's Theory of the Mind. London: printed for J. Johnson. 1777. xxxiv (including half-title), errata leaf, 206 pp. plus advertisement leaf for "A Catalogue of Books written by Joseph Priestley". Contemporary tree calf, gilt decorated spine, green morocco label, split on joints. First edition.

[56132] £400

Priestley largely endorses Hume's view of necessity and in the preface to the work (p.xxi) recommends to readers "some things very well written on it by Mr. Hume, and Lord Kaims." Priestley's defence of necessity was so successful that it overshadowed Hume's view in the free will and determinism debate in the late eighteenth century. ESTCT34801.


RAY, John. Philosophical Letters between the late Learned Mr. Ray and several of his Ingenious Correspondents, Natives and Foreigners. To which are added those of Francis Willughby Esq; the whole consisting of many curious Discoveries and Improvements in the History of Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Insects, Plants, Fossiles, Fountains, &c. Published by W. Derham. London: printed by William and John Innys. 1718. [viii], 376 pp., [10] pp. index plus advertisement leaf; woodcut head and tailpieces, occasional diagrams. Contemporary panelled calf, neatly repaired at top and bottom of spine, later label. First edition.

[72892] £400

With the armorial bookplate of W. Wynne. Keynes 109.


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.


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').


[SHAFTESBURY, Anthony Ashley Cooper Third Earl of]. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In three volumes. [No place of publication or publisher in vols. I & II/vol. III - London: printed by John Darby]: 1711/1714/1723. Three volumes: [ii], iv, [ii], 364; 443[1]; [iv], 391 [55] pp; general title to volume I plus engraved title-page to each volume, engraved headpieces and vignettes; occasional light browning; outer margins of pages 107-142 in volume I nibbled but not affecting text. Contemporary half vellum with marbled boards, a little soiled. First edition of volume I, second edition of volume II, third edition of volume III.

[70493] £480


Handsome set of the Baskerville edition

SHAFTESBURY, Right Honourable Anthony, Earl of. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In three volumes. The fifth edition. Birmingham: printed by John Baskerville. 1773. Three volumes: [vi], iv, 364; 443; [iv], 410, errata leaf, [48] pp., with engraved full-length portrait in volume I, engraved vignettes, head and tail-pieces; top edges gilt. Later full calf gilt by Bayntuns, Bath, with raised bands, contrasting labels. An attractive set. From the library of Rachael M. Kydd.

[55272] £600

Gaskell 49.


SPENCE, Joseph. Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters, of Books and Men. Collected from the conversation of Mr. Pope, and other eminent persons of his time. ... Now first published from the original papers, with notes, and a life of the author, by Samuel Weller Singer. London: published by W.H. Carpenter ... and Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh. 1820. Engraved portrait frontispiece, xxxix[i], 501 pp. plus errata. Recent half calf, raised bands, gilt lines, contrasting label. First edition.

[55104] £160

The appendix comprises letters to Spence, and includes Hume's letter dated October 15th 1754 - an account of Thomas Blacklock, whose poems Spence published.


STANLEY, Thomas. The History of Philosophy: containing the Lives, Opinions, Actions and Discourses of the Philosophers of every Sect. The fourth edition. In which the innumerable mistakes, both in the text and notes of all former editions are corrected, the citations and references exactly adjusted and compared throughout with the originals, and with the Latin Translation printed at Leipsick. To which is prefixed, an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author. London: printed for A. Millar ..., A. Ward, S. Birt, D. Browne [etc]. 1743. Quarto: [xxxvi], 828 pp. Contemporary calf, scuffed, some wear to top and bottom of spine, joints tender, later black morocco label.

[55312] £450

The "Latin Translation printed at Leipsick" is the translation by Fritsch, published as "Historia philosophiae", 1711.


STILLINGFLEET, Edward. A Second Discourse in Vindication of the Protestant Grounds of Faith, against the Pretence of Infallibility in the Roman Church, in Answer to the Guide in Controversies by R.H. Protestancy without Principles, and Reason and Religion, or the Certain Rule of Faith by E.W. ... London: printed by R.W. for H. Mortlock. 1673. [xvi] including imprimatur, pp.295-695[1] plus advertisement leaf. Contemporary calf, rebacked, contrasting label. First edition.

[56481] £250

A reply to Abraham Woodhead's "A Rational Account of the Doctrine of Roman-Catholicks concerning the Ecclesiastical Guide in Controversies of Religion", by R.H. (1673), and Edward Worseley's "Reason and Religion ...." (1672). The work is one of many that Stillingfleet wrote against Roman Catholic claims, especially against views put forward by some former Anglicans who had returned to England as Roman Catholic apologists. Wing S5634.


WALLIS, Johannem. Institutio Logicae, Ad communes usus accommodata. Editio Quarta, auctior & emendatior. Oxford: typis Leon. Lichfield, impensis Henr. Clements, Ant. Peisley .... 1715. [viii], 313 pp; some minor marginal damp staining. Contemporary panelled calf, partly split on front joint, corners bumped.

[53912] £220

First published in 1687, "a textbook which was to have four eighteenth-century editions and was to achieve the honor not only of being repeatedly singled out for respectful contradiction by Dugald Stewart between 1785 and 1809 in his distinguished lectures at Edinburgh on the philosophy of the human mind, but also of being mentioned with approval by Richard Whately in his 'Elements of Logic' in 1826." Howell, 'Eighteenth-Century British Logic and Rhetoric'.


WALLIS, Johannem. Institutio Logicae, Ad communes usus accommodata. Editio Quarta, auctior & emendatior. Oxford: typis Leon. Lichfield, impensis Henr. Clements .... 1715. [viii], 313[1] pp; margins somewhat affected by damp. Contemporary panelled calf, worn.

[54370] £180


WATTS, Isaac. The Improvement of the Mind: or, a Supplement to the Art of Logick: containing a variety of Remarks and Rules for the attainment and communication of useful knowledge, in Religion, in the Sciences, and in common Life. London: printed for James Brackstone. 1741. xv[i], 362 pp; some damp staining to upper corner of approx. first 40 leaves and also to last few leaves. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, contrasting label. First edition.

[56067] £350



WATTS, Isaac. The Improvement of the Mind; or a Supplement to the Art of Logic ….. With an introduction and a life of the author. London: printed for G. Routledge. 1845. 12mo: engraved portrait frontispiece, xxxii, 363 pp. Contemporary straight-grained red morocco, gilt decorated spine, scuffed at extremities but a pretty copy.

[72455] £30


WHEWELL, Rev. William. On the Foundations of Morals. Four Sermons preached before the University of Cambridge, November 1837. Second edition. Cambridge: University Press/London: J.W. Parker. [1839]. xx + 76 pp. Minor damp staining affecting lower margin of last few leaves. Untrimmed. Original printed wrappers, a little soiled.

[53744] £75


Treatise on Dynamics

WHEWELL, William. On the Free Motion of Points, and on Universal Gravitation, including the Principal Propositions of Books I and III of the Principia; the first part of a new edition of A Treatise on Dynamics [bound with] On the Motion of Points constrained and resisted, and on the Motion of a Rigid Body. The second part of a new edition of A Treatise on Dynamics. Cambridge: ... for J. & J.J. Deighton. 1832-1834. Two parts in one: xxviii, 237[1], errata leaf, 4 folding engraved plates; xxi[i], 338 pp., 5 folding engraved plates; contents a little browned; ink stamps to title-page and to final leaf of text; later endpapers. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, worn on corners, rebacked, contrasting label.

[56083] £300

Whewell's second textbook, "A Treatise on Dynamics", was first published in 1823. In the Preface, Whewell states that his aims in this new edition are to "correct the errors of the former edition, and, in many instances, to simplify and improve the work", primarily for the students of Cambridge.


WHITBY, Daniel. Ethices Compendium, in usum Academicae Juventutis. Auctius & emendatius tertio editum. London: Gul. Innys. 1713. [viii] + 299 + [5] pp. advertisements; some damp staining to top margins. Contemporary panelled calf, raised bands, label.

[53776] £140

First published in 1684.


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


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