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Selections from the Popular Poetry of The Hindoos - Thomas Duer Broughton (editor translator)

1814 - Printed by Whittingham and Rowland for John Martin, London - First Edition
A pretty and scarce first edition of the first published anthology of Hindi Poets. Internally fine and unopened. 
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The Morals of Confucius - Confucius

Circa 1760-80 - Printed for Randal Taylor, London - First Thus
SEND TO CANADA FOR REBIND/

A later 18th century reprint of this work and the first to include the folding frontispiece engraving of Confucius (often missing). First published in 1691 and scarce in any early edition, more so this edition with the engraving. In contemporary binding, and with decorations to title page, six headpieces, and three tailpieces.

Beginning with a ‘
Preface’ introducing this translation and its sources, followed by ‘Part First’ titled ‘Of the Antiquity and Philosophy of the Chinese’, then ‘Part II’ which offers selected translations from the three books, and ends with 80 ‘Maxims’.

‘The great Chinese teacher Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) articulated a philosophy based on the concepts of ren (‘benevolence’ or ‘compassion’) and li (‘ritual’ or ‘propriety’). He hoped to create the ideal, superior man (junzi) and thereby facilitate a just society.

Confucius’s teachings were highly influential across China and large areas of east Asia for almost two millennia before this 1691 work offered English readers their first introduction to his philosophical approach. It provides an account of Confucius’s life and times, as well as 80 of his maxims.

This English-language text is based on a French-language edition published in 1688, which in turn relied on a Latin work of 1687 published in Paris.’ - Marsh’s Library, Dublin.
 
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Emerson’s Essay - First Series; Second Series; - and - Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Garnett

Circa 1893 - Wm. L. Allison Co., New York
‘There is a difference between one and another hour of life in their authority and subsequent effect. Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than all other experiences.’

A handsomely bound, 19th century collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first and second series of essays – including
‘Self-Reliance’, ‘The Over-Soul’, ‘Circles’, ‘The Poet’, ‘Experience’, and ‘Nature’ – his most important works, and those that represent the core of his thinking. Together with ‘Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson’ mostly compiled from Garnett’s earlier biography of Emerson titled ‘Life’, and a short bibliography. Volume I with a frontispiece portrait of Emerson. 
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Chuang Tzu. Mystic, Moralist, and Social Reformer - Herbert A. Giles

1889 - Bernard Quaritch, London - First English Language Edition
‘I dreamt I was a butterfly...’

Rare first edition in English of the works of Chuang Tzŭ, also known as the
Zhuangzi. Chuang Tzu is considered the founder of Tao-ism, and this work is second in importance only to Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and essential to the understanding of the latter work.

In the publisher’s original cloth and gilt binding, pages unopened and uncut.

Herbert Giles translation is still considered the first complete and the finest of the earliest translations, and was highly influential on the Western image of Chinese Philosophy. [Môller]
 
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1853-55 - John C. Riker, New York
‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man’

A superb set of the first collected edition of the works of Thomas Jefferson, author of the
Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, who voiced the aspirations of a new America as no other individual of his era. As public official, historian, philosopher, and plantation owner, he served his country for over five decades.

Complete in nine volumes, with folding facsimiles and tables. Published by the Order of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, from the Original Manuscripts deposited in the department of state. With explanatory notes, tables of contents, and a copious index to the whole, by the editor H. A. Washington.
 
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An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding - John Locke

1700 - Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil at The Black-Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, London - Fourth Edition, with large Additions
‘He that would seriously set upon the search of Truth, ought in the first Place to prepare his Mind with a Love of it. For he that Loves it not, will not take much Pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it.’

Fuelled by the arguments of philosopher Francis Bacon, this large and beautifully bound edition of ‘Concerning Humane Understanding’ contains Locke’s essays on the range and limitations of human knowledge in respect to God and the universe. Often regarded as the birthplace of experimental psychology, this is an important and influential work.

The fourth edition was the last to be printed in his lifetime, and includes his editorial changes, as well as two previously unpublished chapters titled, ‘
On the Association of Ideas’ and ‘Enthusiasm’.

With an engraved frontispiece portrait of John Locke by P. Vanderbanck after Sylvester Brounower.
 
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The Medium is the Massage - An Inventory of Effects. - Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, Jerome Agel

1967 - Allen Lane Penguin Press, London - First English Edition
Real, total war has become information war. It is being fought by subtle electric informational media — under cold conditions, and constantly

McLuhan’s prophesy, the first English edition published the same year as the American edition but in the much cooler dust jacket with ‘60’s’ clad model highlighting how advanced the contents of this work are.

‘In a dazzling fusion of Quentin Fiore's bold and inventive graphic design and Marshall McLuhan's unique insight into technology, advertising and mass-media,
The Medium is the Massage is a unique study of human communication in the twentieth century.

Marshall McLuhan is the man who predicted the all-pervasive rise of modern mass media. Blending text, image and photography, his 1960 classic
The Medium is the Massage illustrates how the growth of technology utterly reshapes society, personal lives and sensory perceptions, so that we are effectively transformed by the means we use to communicate.

His theories, many of which are illustrated in this astonishing 'inventory of effects', force us to question how modes of communication have shaped society. This concept, and his ideas such as rolling, up-to-the-minute news broadcasts and the media 'Global Village' have proved decades ahead of their time.’ [from the Penguin classic edition].
 
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The Idylls and Epigrams of Theocritus Bion and Moschus - Henry Aiken Metcalf (editor), Theocritus, Bion, Moschus

1905 - The Bibliophile Society, Boston - One of a limited 477 sets printed for members only
Three elegantly bound volumes of works by the three Greek pastoral poets, Theocritus, Bion and Moschus. Finely printed by the De Vinne Press, with the text in Greek with the English translation on the opposing page. Illustrated title pages, and an introduction by William Cranston Lawton. 
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