On Liberty - John Stuart Mill 1864 - Longman, London - Third edition ‘Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom’.

A smartly bound early printing of this powerful essay by British philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-73), first published in 1859.

On Liberty remains a major influence upon liberal political thought today, Mill defines liberty as an absolute individual right, and defends freedom of speech as a necessary condition of social and intellectual progress.

If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind’.
  John Stuart Mill (1806-73), the son of noted Scottish economist and philosopher James Mill, who held an influential post in the powerful East India Company. Mill's natural talent and physical stamina were put to the test at a very young age when he undertook a highly structured and individualised upbringing orchestrated by his father, who believed that the mind was a passive receptacle for human experience. His education and training were so intense that he was reading Greek at the age of three and doing independent writing at six.

Mill's education broadened considerably after 1823 when he entered the East India Company to commence his life's career as his father had done before him. He travelled, became politically involved, and in so doing moved away from the narrower sectarian attitudes in which he had been raised. His ideas and imagination were ignited by the Coleridge, Comte, and de Tocqueville. During his life, Mill wrote many influential works including
A System of Logic (1843); Principles of Political Economy (1848); On Liberty (1859); Utilitarianism (1863); and The Subjection of Women (1869). As a defender of individual freedom and human rights, John Stuart Mill lives on as a nineteenth-century champion of social reform.

References:
Printing and the Mind of Man 345.
8vo. pp. [2] 207 [3].
  Bound in contemporary half black calf over marbled boards, spine in six compartments ruled in gilt, dark brown gilt morocco title label, marbled edges.   Condition: Near fine, some minor rubbing to binding, first and last few pages foxed, ownership signature to endpaper and small modern bookplate to front pastedown.   Ref: 107603   Price: HK$ 6,000