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John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton

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ISBN 10: 0915762099 / ISBN 13: 9780915762095
Published by Patmos Press, Shepherdstown [W. Va.], 1979
Condition: Very Good Plus Soft cover
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Text has unobtrusive very light pencil notes in margins on scattered pages. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Binding is square and tight. Green boards are clean. Text block is clean. No dust jacket. Pictures provided upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 13915

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Publisher: Patmos Press, Shepherdstown [W. Va.]

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: No DJ

Edition: 1st

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John Emmerich Edward Dalberg Acton, one of the great intellectual figures of the nineteenth century, is well known not only to scholars but also to a wider circle as the author of "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." It is an aphorism frequently quoted but rarely correctly. Acton as a public figure has not gone unnoticed; his work as an historian, editor, philosopher and political theorist is mentioned in a vast number of works on the nineteenth century, but his private life is rather more neglected. There is, indeed, no really satisfactory account of Acton the man, the personality behind the figure, and hence this journal, brief though it is, may have value in giving something of him as a youth, showing that he commanded powers of observation and description that were beyond his years. (from Introduction)

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