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SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

London : William Pickering, 1847. First Pickering edition. “The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world” and other majestic thinking from the “glory of the English nation”, the jurist and scholar John Selden. Collections of Selden’s table-talk had appeared since the seventeenth century, but are here introduced by a long “biographical preface” from Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) – “There are few volumes of its size so pregnant with sense, combined with the most profound learning; it is impossible to open it without finding some important fact ... something practically useful and applicable to the business of life”. Printed by Charles Whittingham at Chiswick.
Foolscap 8vo (164 x 100mm). cxxxiv,[2],(258)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Bound in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) half tan crushed morocco; all edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; just a hint of sunning, a few faint spots to binder’s blanks, but overall a very good, sound and clean copy. Dated 1957 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

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WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig (Ludwig Josef Johnann), 1889-1951 : PHILOSOPHISCHE UNTERSUCHUNGEN = PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS.

WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig (Ludwig Josef Johnann), 1889-1951 : PHILOSOPHISCHE UNTERSUCHUNGEN = PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS.

Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1953. First edition. Parallel German and English texts of perhaps the most important work of philosophy of the twentieth century and a turning point in the study of language, meaning and semantics. “The most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived” (Bertrand Russell). Although the bulk of the work had been ready for publication some years earlier, it was completed from the manuscripts, edited and published posthumously by Elizabeth Anscombe (1919-2001) – also responsible for the translation – and Rush Rhees (1905-1989).
Demy 8vo (219 x 139mm). x,vie-xe,232,232e,[i]pp – German (verso) and English (recto) text numbered in duplicate. Errata slip. Bound in a handsome recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; burgundy label; a very good copy indeed, clean, sound and attractively bound.

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