“The greatest single contribution to logic that has appeared in the two thousand years since Aristotle” – DSB on Principia MathematicaWHITEHEAD, ALFRED NORTH & BERTRAND RUSSELL
Principia Mathematica. Cambridge: University Press, 1910, 1927
FIRST EDITION of vol. 1, second editions of vols. 2-3, in the rare dust jackets.
One of the most ambitious undertakings in the history of science, this work uses a complex new symbolic system in an attempt to prove the logical basis of mathematics from a small set of axioms and the principles of logic. The Principia Mathematica is “the greatest single contribution to logic that has appeared in the two thousand years since Aristotle” (DSB).
KEYNES, JOHN MAYNARD
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. London, 1936
FIRST EDITION of this classic of modern economics, “on which his fame as the outstanding economist of his generation must rest” (DNB). World-wide depression induced Keynes to re-examine classical approaches to economics. Urging the use of a national budget as a principal instrument of the planning of the national economy, Keynes placed responsibility for regulation of the economy squarely in the hands of the government.
Economics: An Introductory Analysis.. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948
First edition of the greatest and most influential modern economics text-book. Inscribed by Samuelson for Eric Roll. Roll, professor of economics and later chairman of S. G. Warburg & Co., wrote the classic History of Economic Thought (1938, 4th ed., 1973).
KNIGHTS OF MALTA
Statuta Hospitalis Hierusalem. Rome: Tipografia del Popolo Romano, 1588
FIRST EDITION of this revision of the Statutes of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Established in 1085 to care for the sick at the Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, the order became a military order, defending crusader territory in the Holy Land and protecting pilgrim routes. The Knights, drawn from the great families of Europe, became immensely wealthy. They relocated to Malta in 1530, where they were ruled by a Grand Master answerable only to the Pope. The engraved map of Malta shows the great siege of 1565 in which knights under John de Valetta defeated a great Turkish fleet. This event led to the alliance of the kings of Europe against the Ottomans, previously thought nearly invincible.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1791
SIXTH EDITION of the most important book in the history of economics. One of 2000 sets. The sixth edition is the first to have been published after Smith’s death in 1790.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations … the third edition, with additions. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1784
THIRD EDITION of the most important book in the history of economics. Only 1000 sets were printed.
(WASHINGTON, BUSHROD.) [Ballow, Henry.]
A Treatise of Equity … with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Volume the Second. Dublin: Byrne, Moore, Jones, and Watts, 1795
Bushrod Washington’s copy, with his signature on the title-page. George Washington’s favorite nephew, Bushrod (1762-1829) was executor of his uncle’s estate and inherited Mount Vernon. He inherited Washington’s library and papers, and this volume was surely shelved side-by-side with those books at Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington gave John Marshall access to Washington’s papers when the chief justice was writing his Life of Washington.
HAMILTON, ALEXANDER, et al
The Speeches at Full Length of Mr. Van Ness, Mr. Caines, the Attorney-General, Mr. Harrison, and General Hamilton, in the great cause of the people, against Harry Croswell, on an indictment for a libel on Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States. New York: Waite, 1804
FIRST EDITION. Angered by attacks on his administration by Federalist newspapers, Thomas Jefferson decided to use the Sedition Act to “restore the integrity of the press.” (Jefferson had previously attacked the Adams administration’s use of the Sedition Act to silence its enemies.) Jefferson encouraged selective prosecutions, one of which became a landmark in First Amendment history. Harry Croswell’s The Wasp accused Jefferson of paying pamphleteer James Callender to charge Washington and Adams with various crimes and to refer to Adams as a “hoary-headed incendiary” and Washington as a “traitor, robber, and perjurer.” In Croswell’s trial for seditious libel, the judge ruled that the truth was not a defense.