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Hobbes, Thomas
Leviathan, or, The Matter, Form, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastival and Civil
Printed for Andew Crooke, London, 1680. Third edition. Engraved title, folding chart. [iv], 2, [v-vi], 3-394 pp. Collation: A-3D^4, Introduction (A4) and Contents (A3) bound out-of-order. Folio. There were three separate editions (not "issues," as they are sometimes mistakenly referred to) of Hobbes' classic, with a title-page dated 1651. This is the third, actually printed around 1680, and distinguished by the triangle of type ornaments on the title-page and modernized spelling. "The present is a paginary reprint of the first edition, even to the extent that the copy was divided between two shops at the same point, for before Sig Cc the marginal notes have paragraph indentation while after they do not" (Pforzheimer) Hobbes' famous essay on the origin of the State created (and still creates) a storm of controversy, since for Hobbes even the most repugnant authoritarian government is to be preferred over that celebrated Hobbesian state of nature in which anarchic life is "nasty, brutish and short." For Hobbes "the State . might be regarded as a great artificial monster made up of individual men, with an existence which could be traced from its generation through human reason under pressure of human needs to its destruction through civil strife proceeding from human passions. The individual (except to save his own life) should always submit to the State, because any government is better than the anarchy of the natural state" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Macdonald & Hargreaves 44; Wing H2248; Pforzheimer 492; PMM 138 (for first ed.); ESTC R13935. Provenance: early signature … [Click Below for Full Description]
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