Lot 124 of 175:
First edition of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, 1651  

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Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill

Hobbes, Thomas


Printed for Andrew Crooke



[6], 394 pp. Copper-engraved added pictorial title-page; woodcut ornament on printed title-page (a head with scrolls and tassels); woodcut initial & headpiece; folding table. (folio) 27.8x18.5 cm. (11x7¼"), rebound in modern leather with original calf from front and rear covers laid on, new endpapers. First Edition

“Nasty, brutish, and short” – Hobbes’ famous and influential work of political philosophy, with its pessimistic view of man as a purely selfish creature and life in the “state of nature” as continual war-torn strife. Though the State is an imperfect institution, Hobbes argues it is yet preferable to the natural alternative. One of the foundational texts of modern political theory. A few old ink notes to endpapers. Wing H2246. PMM 138. 

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Some slight foxing and browning within, minor restoration to corners and fore-edges to about 10 leaves at front and rear, not affecting any text; a very good, attractive copy of one of the major works of western political theory.

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