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On Liberty - MILL, John Stuart - 1859. 
London: John W. Parker and Son,, 1859. Octavo. Original dark brown vertical-ribbed cloth, covers with border blocked in blind, spine lettered in gilt and with Greek key roll in blind at top and bottom, brick red endpapers. Pencil annotations to rear free endpaper recto, possibly J. M. Moorsom's. Cloth toned, spine tips fraying, tiny worm hole to front joint. A very good copy with bright contents. Second edition, published the same year as the first, of the work that "perhaps more than any other of his works, has been viewed by posterity as the kernel of his social philosophy" (ODNB). "Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought and speech have never been improved on. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority" (PMM). From the library of Liberal MP James Marshall Moorsom (1837?1918), with his ownership signature to front free endpaper verso.
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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