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RUSSELL, Bertrand (Bertrand Arthur William, Third Earl Russell), 1872-1970 : HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.

RUSSELL, Bertrand (Bertrand Arthur William, Third Earl Russell), 1872-1970 : HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1946). First British edition. A fluent, witty, elegant, and sweeping survey of the philosophic tradition, treated as much as social and cultural history as in terms of pure philosophy – the Pre-Socratics; Socrates, Plato, Aristotle; the Cynics, Sceptics, Stoics, and Epicureans; Jewish, Mohammedan, and Catholic scholars; and the modern tradition – Machiavelli, Erasmus and More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Byron, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Bergson, William James, Dewey, etc. “I was sometimes accused by reviewers of writing not a true history but a biased account of the events that I arbitrarily chose to write of. But, to my mind, a man without bias cannot write interesting history – if, indeed, such a man exists” (Bertrand Russell).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 916pp. Original canvas, blocked in brown and lettered in yellow; a very good copy in the A. E. Barlow dust-jacket (printed on the verso of a war-surplus map of the English East Coast) – the jacket lightly repaired and slightly chipped at head and tail, with a further shallow chip at the top of the front panel, but otherwise very good.

£300

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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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