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Early American Gavel
1 Early American Gavel

11 inches. This is an antique gavel, probably from the mid-nineteenth century, used in Northern New England. It is about 11 inches, or 29 cm, long. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 A cura di Ezio Raimondi Opere di Niccolo Machiavelli
Milano Ugo Mursia 1976 7th Edition Cloth, with slipcase Fine 
8vo. 1294 pagine. Una collezione delle opere piu importanti di Machiavelli: Il Principe, Istorie Fiorentine, La Madragola, Discorsi Sopra La Prima Deca di Tito Livio, etc. Interamente pulito, e un esempio superiore. Con una scatola. 
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Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or Enquiries Into Very Many Received Tenents and Commonly Presumed Truths, . . . Also Urn Burial, and Garden of Cyrus, Brown, Thomas
3 Brown, Thomas Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or Enquiries Into Very Many Received Tenents and Commonly Presumed Truths, . . . Also Urn Burial, and Garden of Cyrus
London Edward Dod 1658 Fourth Edition Three-Quarter Leather Very Good 
8vo - over 7. Book. [16] plus 468pp plus [16] Alph. Table plus 73 pp for Urn Burial and Garden of Cyrus essays. Modern 3/4 calf with marbled boards pristine. Tightly bound. Pages of Pseudodoxia have light soilage on some pages, and one page with small tear/chip in corner, but overall in fine condition. Some light dampstaining on bottom of final pages bound in (Garden of Cyrus) and a tiny wormhole affecting the top edge of some pages thereto, not affecting text. Otherwise, this is a fine copy overall. Includes a plate of four urns and another plate of geometric design before final essay. The key work, Pseudodoxia, is one of the precursors of the Enlightenment. Brown attempted to dispel superstitions, and under the influence of Bacon, apply reasoning, observation and objectivity to examine a host of old wive's tale, religious dogma, and the like. 
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4 Burke, Edmund A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origins of Our Ideas of The Sublime and Beautiful, with an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste, and Several Other Additions
London J. Dodsley 1787 Full Calf Very Good 
8vo - over 7. Book. xvi + 341 pp. Burke's exploration of the elusive topic of taste. An important work of speculative philosophy that complements the bulk of Burke's legacy in political philosophy and his renown as a political actor and polemicist. Contemporary calf has some shelfwear and rubbing but still attractive. Binding tight. Some minor soilage to pages, which are generally clean. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Selections from the Edinburgh Review, Comprising The Best Articles in That Journal, From Its Commencement to the Present Time. With A Preliminary Dissertation and Explanatory Notes. (6 volumes), Cross, Maurice, editor.  Contributing writers include Jeremy Benthem, M. V. Cousin, Ugo Foscolo, Thomas Macauley, John Stuart Mill, David Ricardo, John Russell, et. al.
5 Cross, Maurice, editor. Contributing writers include Jeremy Benthem, M. V. Cousin, Ugo Foscolo, Thomas Macauley, John Stuart Mill, David Ricardo, John Russell, et. al. Selections from the Edinburgh Review, Comprising The Best Articles in That Journal, From Its Commencement to the Present Time. With A Preliminary Dissertation and Explanatory Notes. (6 volumes)
Paris Baurdry's European Library 1835 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 1835 to 1836, 6 volumes. The Edinburgh Review, begun in 1802 (and continuing until 1929), was a leading political and literary quarterly especially in its earlier decades, and a beacon of "liberalism" as the word was traditionally understood, and thus generally advocating laissez-faire policies, championing liberties, and supporting of free trade and less governmental tampering with the marketplace. Its stable of contributors is perhaps unrivaled among such publications, then or now, and indeed, it is virtually inconceivable that any one publication would draw upon so many thinkers whose ideas would have an indelible and lasting effect on society. As an anthology of the "best of" up until the publication date, the six volumes are organized around topics, with generally several pieces, some of them extended, on each of the covered larger themes. The first volume begins with a "Preliminary Dissertation on The Progress of Periodical Literature: and The History, Principles and Tendency of The Edinburgh Review", which is a summary of the review and what it stood for, as well as a synopsis of its highlights. Following comes the thematic sections. Starting with volume one, these are: Poetry and the Drama, Character of Distinguished Poets, Sketches of the Old English Dramatists, Character of Eminent Divines, Philosophers, Statesmen, Orators, Historians, Novelists and Critics; Miscellaneous Literature (German, Historical Writing, etc.); Metaphysics and Moral Science; Education; Political History; Foreign Politics; Miscellaneous Politics; Civil and Religious Liberty; Reform in Parliament, Church Reform, Liberty of the Press, West India Slavery; Political Economy -- Laws and Jurisprudence, Ireland. With all these broad categories, there are several, or even many, shorter pieces by different authors. There is scattered foxing, sometimes heavy. Most of the interior is clean, however. Modern green half calf over contemporary marbled boards. Some edge wear to the boards. Marbled endpapers. Overall a very good copy. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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6 Godwin, William;Wordsworth, Jonathan Political Justice, 1793
Herndon, Virginia, U.S.A. Woodstock Books 1992 1854771159 / 9781854771155 Hardcover Fine Very Good Jacket Jacket 
Book. 4to - over 9. Fine, with VG DJ. Xiii, 895 pps., 2 vols. Facsimile reprint of 1793 edition of William Godwin's "An Enquiry concerning Political Justice", an important philosophical treatise. This is first facsimile since original printing of work. POLITICAL JUSTICE gave new hope to the radical cause by replacing commitment to the Revolution with a rationalist belief in prgress through education and innnate human perfectibility. Wordsworth and Shelley were both Godwin's disciples for a time. Coleridge formulated his principles in opposition to Godwin's views. This is one of the most influential books ever published in English. Hazlitt said: Godwin "blazed as a sun in the firmament of reputation; no one was more talked of, more looked up to, more sought after, and wherever liberty, truth, justice was the theme, his name was not far off". 
Price: 300.00 USD
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7 Grotius, Hugo The Law of War and Peace
Birmingham, AL The Legal Classics Library Ltd, Gryphon Editions, Ltd 1984 First Edition Thus Full-Leather Mint 
8vo - over 7. Book. Facsmile Reprint. Octavo in gilt decorated dark green leather, mint condition. 946 pages. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. It contains the the pamphlet "Notes From the Editors". A deluxe reprint of the 1925 edition published by Oxford University. Endpapers are a specially commissioned original marbled design of Richard J. Wolfe. Privately printed for the members of the Legal Classics Library by the John D. Lucas Printing Co. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Belli Ac Pacis. Libri Tres, in Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Cum Annotatis Auctoris, Ex Postrema Ejus Ante Obtum Cura. Acceserunt Ejusdem Dissertatio De  Mari Libero, & Libellu Singularis De Aequitate Indulgentia, Grotius, Hugo (Hugonis Grotii)
8 Grotius, Hugo (Hugonis Grotii) Belli Ac Pacis. Libri Tres, in Quibus Jus Naturae & Gentium, Item Juris Publici Praecipua Explicantur. Cum Annotatis Auctoris, Ex Postrema Ejus Ante Obtum Cura. Acceserunt Ejusdem Dissertatio De Mari Libero, & Libellu Singularis De Aequitate Indulgentia
Amsterdam Jansonio Waesbergios (Janson Waeberg) 1712 Full Calf Near Fine 
8vo - over 7. Book. 3 volumes. Full calf. 2 plates in volume one, one plate a portrait of Grotius, the other an allegorical depiction of justice, war and peace as embodied each in human figures. Included in set is Grotius' "Freedom of the Seas" and Gronovius' notes. Set is very attractive, with all bindings tight and contents generally clean. Full calf, with five raised bands on spine and simple gilt decoration and lettering, all bright. Minor rubbing on edges of spine bands, some light shelf wear to leather. All edges gilt. Overall, near fine. 
Price: 925.00 USD
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The Oceana and Other Works of James Harrington, with an Account of His Life By John Toland, Harrington, James;  Toland, John
9 Harrington, James; Toland, John The Oceana and Other Works of James Harrington, with an Account of His Life By John Toland
London T. Becket and T. Cadell 1771 Cloth Very Good 
4to - over 9. Book. xl + 598 + [16] pp. Two copper engraved plates in preliminaries, one an oval portrait of Harrington, the other of a classical style monument with allegorical statue and cameo portraits of Moses, solon, Confucius, Lycurgus, numa, Brutus, Guglielmus III. Third copper engraved plate regarding "The Manner and Use of the Balloty" depicts men in seventeenth century garb in parliamentary arrangement. Occasional light soilage to pages, but overall clean until final 16 index pages where somewhat grubby but no issue regarding legibility. On these final pages also minor chip and some wear to upper corner. Tight binding. Leather spine label, probably contemporary, with minor chip in a corner. Overall very good. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit (4 Volumes or Bde), Herder, Johann Gottfried
10 Herder, Johann Gottfried Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit (4 Volumes or Bde)
Riga and Leipzig; Carlsruhe Johann Friedrich Hartnoch; Christian Gottlieb Schmieder 1784 Hardcover Very Good 
Book. Published 1784, 1785, 1787 and 1792 respectively. First three volumes are from Hartnoch and the fourth volume, which is early but not a first, is from Schmieder, and it is not matching. First three volumes measure 8 by 6 inches, or 20 by 16 cm, and the fourth volume is slighter, 7 by 4 inches, or 18 by 11 cm. Wear to calf spines and marbled boards and corners worn and a bit bumped. All volumes are remarkably clean and all are tight. A very good copy of Herder's attempt to create a universal theory of history. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Facts for the Fool-Killer, Hill, Ridgway
11 Hill, Ridgway Facts for the Fool-Killer
Buffalo, NY The Argo Book Concern 1909 First edition Cloth Very Good 
Scarce collection of fun verse revolving around mostly abstract words or concepts. 8vo. 100 pp. Every other page with a colorful illustration. The format is on the right page is a word, such as "civil", "brutality", "thought", etc., defined with drollery, with a two line qualification, sometimes rhymed, pointing to the facing page on which a limerick-styled nonsense verse accompanies an equally whimsical illustration. The cover has edge soiling and some wear besides. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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12 Hume, David Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. Liberty Fund 1985 0865970564 / 9780865970564 Soft cover Fine 
Book. Light use with shallow creases to spine. Otherwise, tight and fine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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13 Jacques Barzun The House of Intellect
New York Harper & Brothers 1959 First Edition Cloth Very Good Good Jacket 

Price: 14.00 USD
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14 Kant, Immanuel Critik der Urteilskraft
Berlin 1799 F. I. Lagarde Third edition Quarter Calf Good Plus 
lx, 482 pp. Calf dry, boards have wear with corners chewed. Binding tight. Leaves are clean, with some foxing on final leaf and only the most occasional soilage elsewhere. Probably missing blank leaves in back. 
Price: 485.00 USD
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Le Vite de Filosofi Cavate da Laertio et Altri.  Nelle Quali Vi Sono Sentenze, et Detti Notabili.  Adornate de Bellissime, et Vaghe Figure di Gioseppe Salviati, accommodate a' luoghi loro. Opera Non Men Curiosa che giovevole ad ogni persona di virtu. Nuovamente Ristampate, & con somma diligenza ricorrette, & ampliate. Con Privilegio., Laertius, Diogenes [Laertio]
15 Laertius, Diogenes [Laertio] Le Vite de Filosofi Cavate da Laertio et Altri. Nelle Quali Vi Sono Sentenze, et Detti Notabili. Adornate de Bellissime, et Vaghe Figure di Gioseppe Salviati, accommodate a' luoghi loro. Opera Non Men Curiosa che giovevole ad ogni persona di virtu. Nuovamente Ristampate, & con somma diligenza ricorrette, & ampliate. Con Privilegio.
Vinegia (Venice) Presso Giovachino Brugnolo 1602 Contemporary full vellum Very Good 
70 numbered leaves, 140 pp. Small 4to, 7.75 by 6 inches, 19.5 by 15 cm. With 78 woodcuts of philosophers, writers and other figures whose biographies are here rendered as well as a few more allegorical subjects. Also in addition a few printer's devices and/or other woodcut ornaments. This is a translation of Laertius, a third century Greek biographer of philosphers of the Ancient World. The charm of this copy most definitely resides in the illustrations. Vellum boards splayed and with film of soilage. Skiver spine label worn and rubbed. Blank leaves, preliminary and at rear, with chipping and very browned. Some marginal foxing. Generally the text is clean and crisp, as are the illustrations, and the binding remains tight overall. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Cock Lane and Common-Sense, Lang, Andrew
16 Lang, Andrew Cock Lane and Common-Sense
London Longmans, Green and Co. 1894 First Limited Edition Cloth Bound Good 
4to - over 9. Book. Copy # 42 of 60 of large paper limited edition. 357 pp. Pages are clean and binding tight. Shelfwear, with lower spine tip shaved to plain set by pages (loss of 1/8 inch). Dampstain on front and rear boards and lower spine, about 1 inch at greatest height. Some other faint soilage spread evenly over boards. Some separation of lower boards along spine edge. Chips and wear along spine edge. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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17 Locke, John and Rober Boyle, respectively [Fore-Edge Painting] The Conduct of the Understanding [together with] Occasional Reflections (Two Volumes in One)
London John Sharpe 1820 Full Morocco Very Good Minus 
A fore-edge painting of a town square or common, rendered with meticulous detail. 12mo. 13 by 8.5 cm. Two engraved title pages. 155, 155 pp. Full straight grained green morocco. Heavy rubbing along the joints, and less so, along the edges. Sunning, and browning, of spine. Scattered foxing. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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18 M. de Lolme (Jean Louis) Constitution de L'Angleterre, ou Etat du Gouvernement Anglois, Compare avec la forme republicaine & avec les autres monarchies de l'Europe. (Two volumes bound in one)
London G. Robinson, J. Murray 1785 Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. xxvi, [2], 230, 262, [2] pp. Influential work. Minor soiling within. Repairs of joints. Dampstain on lower corner of front board. Spine slightly rough looking although gilt lettering and figures survive mostly intact. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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19 Major, Henry Gay Philospher Bust Figurine and Paperweight
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Advertising giveaway (one assumes) of Monger Enterprises, Memphis TN. (This company's name, address and phone are printed on the marble base.) The figurine is a sculptural rendering of a popular comic strip character of the day. The base is 8 cm square, and the item is 9 cm from the bottom to the top of the "Gay Philosopher"'s rumpled hat. The sculpture appears to have been made of a composite material. Some of the colors have been lightly rubbed, but it remains a colorful figurine. Felt bottom to the base. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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20 Marmontel, M. Belisaire, bound with Fragmens de Philosophie Morale: Pour servir de suite a Belisaire
Paris Chez Merlin 1767, 1768 First edition Half Leather Very Good 
12mo. (6 by 4 inches, 15 by 10 cm.) 180, [4], 48 pp. French classic novel on the Byzantine general who served under the Emperor Justinian and successfully reconquered part of Italy after its final loss to the "Barbarians" the century earlier. Belisarius, as he is known in English, went from being among the most powerful men of his day to being imprisoned for corruption before being pardoned by Justinian. Legend has it that Justinian also ordered him blinded, and thus Belisarius was reduced to beggary. While probably apocryphal, the legend was popularly dessiminated in this novel, and as a direct result the depiction of Belisarius as a blind beggar encountering one of his former soldiers became a popular subject for painters who found the story of such a dramatic reversal of fortune irresistible. The leather and boards of the binding have wear but remain attractive and are of the period. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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