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Hobbes, Thomas

Published by London, Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1651: Düsseldorf 1990. (1990)

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About this Item: London, Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1651: Düsseldorf 1990., 1990. Frontispiz, (6) 396 (2) S., 1 gef. Fig.Taf., qt., Ldr., Rckn. etw. verblichen. -- Limitiertes und nummeriertes Faksimile. - Beiliegend Kommentarband mit Beiträgen von Hans Maier, Laurence S. Moss, John Aubrey, Horst Claus Recktenwald. 74 (5) S., mehr. Abb., qt., Pp. - Zusammen 2 Bände.--. Seller Inventory # 28696-9

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Leviathan Or The Matter, Forme, & Power: HOBBES, Thomas

HOBBES, Thomas

Published by Andrew Crooke (1651)

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About this Item: Andrew Crooke, 1651. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. London [but Amsterdam] Andrew Crooke, 1651. First Edition, possible First Issue. Missing the two original title pages but two facsimile title pages tipped-in. Bound in original vellum. Good condition. "The Greatest, Perhaps The Sole, Masterpiece Of Political Philosophy In The English Language" - Oakeshott 1955 HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan. Or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill. London: Andrew Crooke, 1651. First edition, first issue, with "head" ornament on title-page, and correct spelling of publisher's name "Crooke". Small folio. [4], 396 pp. Folding table present. Original boards, expertly rebacked. Intermittent light browning at the beginning and end of text, still, overall an excellent copy of the author's masterpiece of political philosophy. There were three editions produced in 1651 of Hobbes's Leviathan. This book, more than any other, clearly introduced and explained the concept of the social contract of man, which is the dominant political philosophy underlying Western democracy. Man chooses to give up certain liberties to a government in order to achieve a more peaceful society in which to enjoy the liberties reserved to the individual. Grolier, Wither to Prior, 454. Kress 830. MacDonald and Hargreaves 42. Pforzheimer 491. PMM 138. Wing H2246. Extremely rare in the original boards. Housed in a fine custom-made collector’s slipcase. Seller Inventory # 1509127

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Leviathan, or, The Matter, Forme, & Power: Hobbes, Thomas

Hobbes, Thomas

Published by Andrew Crooke, London (1651)

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About this Item: Andrew Crooke, London, 1651. First edition, first issue, with "head" ornament (rather than "bear") on letterpress title page, additional engraved title, and folding table. Wing 2246. Pforzheimer 491. Macdonald & Hargreaves 42. Folio, bound in full brown calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red morocco spine label, raised bands. In near fine condition with some of the usual browning to the page edges. A very nice example of this highspot. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642–1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature. "This book produced a fermentation in English thought not surpassed until the advent of Darwinism. Its importance may be gauged by the long list of assailants it aroused. It was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum 7 May 1703, though all Hobbes’s works had previously been condemned in toto, and it still remains a model of vigorous exposition, unsurpassed in the language" (Pforzheimer). "Hobbes had a fundamentally pessimistic view of human nature [which] had a powerful influence on the framers of the [American] Constitution During the early years of the Revolutionary period, American leaders found Locke’s revolutionary compact ideas more useful than Hobbes’ view of the unlimited authority of the state. But as the political and social experience of the 1780s seemed to bear out Hobbes’s pessimistic view that men are essentially self-interested, the Hobbesian outlook became more relevant. When John Adams wrote that ‘he who would found a state, and make proper laws for the government of it, must presume that all men are bad by nature,’ he was expressing an idea that was derived at once from Hobbes" (Lutz & Warden, A Covenanted People, 38). Seller Inventory # 25003

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Hobbes, Thomas

Published by Printed [by Roger Norton and Richard Cotes] for Andrew Crooke, London (1651)

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About this Item: Printed [by Roger Norton and Richard Cotes] for Andrew Crooke, London, 1651. First edition (with the distinguishing title-page ornament of a winged head). Allegorical engraved title-page, one folding table at p. 40. [vi], 396 pp. A-2Z4 3A-3D4. 1 vols. Folio. First Edition of Hobbes' Classic of Political Theory. There were three separate editions (not "issues," as they are sometimes mistakenly referred to) of Hobbes' classic, with a title-page dated 1651. This is the true first, with the "head" ornament on the title-page, and the errata uncorrected. A second printing, actually produced abroad with a false imprint, has a bear surrounded by foliage; and a third edition, actually printed around 1680, has a triangle of type ornaments on the title-page and modernized spelling. Hobbes' famous essay on the origin of the State created (and still creates) a storm of controversy, since for Hobbes even the most repugnant authoritarian government is to be preferred over that celebrated Hobbesian state of nature in which anarchic life is "nasty, brutish and short." For Hobbes "the State ? might be regarded as a great artificial monster made up of individual men, with an existence which could be traced from its generation through human reason under pressure of human needs to its destruction through civil strife proceeding from human passions. The individual (except to save his own life) should always submit to the State, because any government is better than the anarchy of the natural state" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Macdonald & Hargreaves 42; Wing (2nd edition) H2246; Pforzheimer 491; Printing and the Mind of Man 138; ESTC R17253. Provenance: George Ware Tracy (his bookplate) Full period calf, covers ruled in blind, red morocco lettering piece. Engraved title-page tipped-in on stub, likely supplied, printed title-page with loss at right margin with repair to verso, small pieces from margin of H4, a few small signs of worming, some sporadic foxing and staining towards rear, 2Z2 and 2Z3 bound in reverse otherwise a clean, crisp copy Allegorical engraved title-page, one folding table at p. 40. [vi], 396 pp. A-2Z4 3A-3D4. 1 vols. Folio First edition (with the distinguishing title-page ornament of a winged head). Seller Inventory # 268073

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HOBBES, Thomas.

Published by Printed for Andrew Crooke at the Green Dragon in St. Paul's Church-yard, London (1651)

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About this Item: Printed for Andrew Crooke at the Green Dragon in St. Paul's Church-yard, London, 1651. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. llustrated, engraved title-frontispiece + TP + [i]-[ii] = The Epistle Dedicatory + [iii]-[iv] = The Contents of the Chapters + 1-396 + 4 blank leaves, folding table between pp 40-41; Small Folio. First Edition, First Printing (MacDonald & Hargreaves #42).The first printing of the first edition with the winged "head" ornament on the second title page. There are three editions with title-pages bearing 1651 imprints. The second, with a "bear" ornament, was printed outside of England (probably Amsterdam), and the third, with a triangular-type "ornament", is generally considered to date from around 1680. See MacDonald & Hargreaves, pp. 27-30 for a full accounting of these differences. ONE OF THE FOUNDATION WORKS IN THE FIELD OF POLITICAL THEORY, Leviathan details Hobbes's notion of the origin of the State as a product of human reason meeting human need - through to its destruction as a consequence of human passions. According to Hobbes, the State, as an aggregate of individual men (so well portrayed in the famous engraved title), should always be tendered the obedience of the individual (except to save his own life), as any government is in Hobbes's view, better than the natural anarchic state. Hobbes is a unique figure in the history of English political thought with his defence of absolutism - unpopular from the day it was published to the present with proponents of individual liberties - being based on expediency. "Hobbes's ideas have never appealed to proponents of the individual rights of man or to the modern totalitarians with their mystical vision of Volk, the fundamental nature of Hobbes's speculation has stimulated philosophers from Spinoza to the school of Bentham who reinstated him in his position as the most original political philosopher of his time" (PMM 138)Hobbes' most famous quote - about "the life of man" being "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" can be found on page 62 at the bottom of the third paragraph. Printing & the Mind of Man 138. Contemporary blind-paneled calf boards beautifully rebacked with five raised bands, a gilt title and ornate gilt decorations. Engraved title-page a little browned with a small (1¼") closed and neatly repaired tear at the head of the engraved and the printed title-pages. The list of Errata found on p. [iv] has been crossed out and noted as "corrected" in a contemporary hand and all of those changes have been made to the text 48 (G3) and 7374 (K4). There is a tiny wormhole - well outside the text - at the bottom of page 205 (Dd2) and continuing until the end (at one point becoming two tiny wormholes). Some of these (most notably the final 11 leaves) have these holes unobtrusively covered over with pasted down small pieces of paper on the verso of each leaf. Overall, a charming and eminently presentable copy of this important work in Western philosophy. ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Seller Inventory # 1032

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