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Elementa Philosophica de Cive
Amsterdam: Apud Ludovicum Elzevirium,, 1647. Pp. [xl], 408. Engraved title, frontis portrait, woodcut initials and ornaments. Contemporary vellum, ink-lettered spine (illegible). Binding lightly soiled, vellum separating slightly from pasteboard at outer edge of rear cover, but generally a clean, bright copy, with the armorial bookplate of L. Ross. The First Elzevir Edition (more correctly, the second of three Elzevir Editions bearing this date), preceded only by a small and privately circulated Paris edition of 1642. Written during his exile in Paris, which began just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, "De Cive" represented an expansion of the psychological and political ideas set forth in his first (as yet unpublished) philosophical treatise, "The Elements of Law", which had been circulating in manuscript form since 1640, and which was later published in two parts, "Human Nature" and "De Corpore Politico" in 1650. The additional material in "De Cive" dealt largely with the relation between the church and the civil power, where Hobbes elaborated on his favorite theme that peace and order can only be established by the complete subordination of the church to the state. "De Cive" was written in Latin for the learned. As the political situation resulting from the Civil War deteriorated, Hobbes decided it was necessary to present his theory of civil government in a more incisive and more popular form, and so came about his great work, the "Leviathan" (1651). Willems 1048. Macdonald and Hargreaves 2 6. Graesse III 311.. Vellum. Very Good. 12 Mo..
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