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HOBBES, Thomas
Leviathan, sive de materia, forma, & potestate civitatis ecclesiasticae et civilis. Authore Thoma Hobbes, Malmesburiensi. [Amsterdam: Joannes Blaeu, 1668].
1670. First edition of Leviathan in Latin, published as the eighth and final part of Hobbes's collected works in Latin, the Opera omnia. The text is by Hobbes himself, not a translator. Since it is the only work in the Opera being printed for the first time, it is the only one to have a list of errata. Macdonald & Hargraves 104. Blaeu published a revised Latin edition in 1670. Karl Schuhmann and John Rogers consider this 1668 Latin edition an important source for establishing the definitive text of the multi-variant 1651 English Leviathan: 'it is definitely more than a translation that teaches us little or nothing about the text translated. On the contrary, it is based on an independent manuscript copy of Leviathan, and more specifically on a copy Hobbes had kept with him all the time and had apparently continued to annotate and correct Given the fact that the Latin Leviathan was worked out integrally by Hobbes at a rather late date, it must contain his last decisions regarding the text as a whole' (Leviathan: A Critical Edition, eds Rogers & Schuhmann, Thoemmes Press, 2003, p. 249 and passim). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 4to, [iv], 365, [xiv] pp., contemporary calf, worn, small worm trace on upper board, spine with raised bands, red morocco label chipped, front joint cracked and tender, rear joint starting at ends, pastedown and title-page with the annotations of the historian and polymath Christoph Gottlieb von Murr (1733-1811), and his neat marginal reading marks, some sections dampstained, still a good copy overall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books [Bristol, United Kingdom]
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