Philosophy

  • # 31722

    CROWLEY, Aleister

    Magick : Liber ABA Book Four. Parts I – IV

    San Francisco: Weiser, 2008. Quarto, gilt-decorated cloth in dustjacket (a few creases), pp. lxxxiv; 844, some illustrations. This second revised edition of Crowley’s magnum opus features new, more legible typesetting, text corrections based on a previously unseen corrected proof, and the previously unpublished Liber Testis Testitudinis.The original Book of the Law was rescanned for this …

  • # 30892

    BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)

    Essays: social, moral, and political. (Presentation copy from the author)

    / By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped red cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (softened at ends); a presentation copy from the author, inscribed …

  • # 30841

    BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)

    Essays: social, moral, and political.

    / By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped tan cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (a little darkened); pp vii, [1 blank], 222, [1 publisher’s …

  • # 30673

    WEBER, Johann Adam (1611-1686)

    [BINDING] Discursus curiosi et fructuosi, ad praecipuas totius litteraturae humanae scientias illustrandas accomodati, …

    [Salzburg : J.B. Mayr, 1690?]. Octavo, contemporary binding of painted vellum, gilt ornamentation, upper panel with central image of a statue of the Madonna and Child and legend ‘Monastery Ettalensis Fundatrix’ (Ettal Abbey, or Kloster Ettal, is a Benedictine monastery situated near Oberammergau in Bavaria, founded in 1330; the statue of the Madonna and Child is said to …

  • # 30127

    HOLCOMBE, W. H.

    Lazarus of Bethany. The story of his life in both worlds

    Melbourne : George Robertson, 1872. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (edges slightly rubbed), westamp of bookseller Davies of Stawell to title page, pp. iv; 5 – 211, pp. 36-37 stained, else clean. Uncommon Australian spiritualist work by the noted American homeopathist. ‘Dr. William H. Holcombe was born at Lynchburg, Va., May 29, 1825, of an old Virginia …

  • # 29332

    [CONFUCIUS]; POUND, Ezra (translator)

    Confucius: the unwobbling pivot & the Great digest / Pharos Number Four, Winter, 1947

    With notes and commentary on the text and the ideograms, together with Ciu Hsi’s “Preface” to the Chung Yung and Tseng’s commentary on the Testament. Norfolk, CT : New Directions, 1947. Series: Pharos no. 4, Winter 1947. Octavo (235 mm), printed magenta wrappers with yapp edges (lower wrapper lightly marked), pp 53, [11] publisher’s advertisements …

  • # 28594

    SINGER, Peter (1946 - )

    Animal liberation

    A new ethics for our treatment of animals. London : Jonathan Cape, 1976. First English edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered boards in illustrated dustjacket (very slightly chipped at edges), pp. xvii; [1]; 301, illustrated. First British edition of Australian ethicist and philosopher Peter Singer’s landmark work on the treatment of animals.

  • # 27110

    JACOB, Max (1876-1922)

    Quatre problèmes à resoudre; exercises proposés aux candidates au grade du Brevet élémentaire.

    Liège : Éditions Dynamo [1962]. Series: Brimborions, 85. Edition limited to 40 copies on vélin Astra blanc and 11 copies on Hollande vergé (this copy is on Hollande, numbered 3/11). Octavo, pictorial limp covers with portrait medallion of Max Jacob by Picasso to front, in glassine wrapper, two frontispiece portraits of the author, the first a …

  • # 22302

    Raymond of Sabunde (c.1385-1436)

    Theologia naturalis sive Liber creatura[rum] specialiter de homine [et] de natura eius in qua[n]tum homo. :[et] de his qu[a] sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendu[m] seip[su]m [et] Deu[m] [et] om[n]e debitu[m] ad q[uo]d ho[mo] tenet[ur] et obligatur tam Deo q[uam] p[ro]ximo.

    Impressus Nurembergae : Per Anthoniu[m] koberger [sic] inibi co[n]cluem, 1502. Folio (290 x 210 mm), contemporary sheep over wooden boards (lacking clasps), elaborate blind-tooling to both boards, upper board including a panel containing abbreviated title, below it a partially remnant contemporary paper label with manuscript in red and black; A-Q8 R6; title with early (unidentified) …

  • # 23400

    LOVELL, David (editor)

    [CHRISTIANITY; SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY] Shalom

    Caulfield East, Vic. : Published by Cripac Press Pty. Ltd., vol. 1, no. 1, February 7, 1972 – vol. 1, no. 12, July 31, 1972 (but missing vol. 1, no. 9). Eleven issues, quarto, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, illustrated, all in fine condition. An obscure Melbourne fortnightly periodical published between 1972 and 1973, Shalom examined current …

  • # 19999

    NICHOLS, Dale

    A philosophy of esthetics

    Chicago : The Black Cat Press, 1938. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s blue cloth over boards (slight marks to boards, laid in print with wear to edges), xi, iii , 82, 2 pp, with engravings by Collins, Miller & Hutchings, colour, duotone, and black and white plates; print by the author laid in, internally very clean, a …

  • # 20195

    SMITH, Arthur H. (Henderson) (1845-1932)

    Chinese characteristics

    Shanghai : Printed and published at the “North China Herald” office, 1890. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth covered boards (rubbed and lightly marked), upper board with gilt pictorial device and yellow lettering and decoration, spine lettered in gilt, front hinge cracked, patterned endpapers, half-title inscribed by the original owner, an American Protestant medical missionary: …

  • # 18491

    TROTSKY, Leon (1879-1940), et al.

    Leon Trotsky : a group of ephemeral publications, 1930s-40s.

    I. Trotsky, Leon. Stalinism and Bolshevism : concerning the historical and theoretical roots of the Fourth International. New York : Pioneer Publishers, 1937. Octavo, original printed wrappers, stapled, 29, [1] pp; a fine copy. II. Trotsky, Leon. In defense of the Soviet Union : a compilation 1927-1937. New York : Pioneer Publishers, 1937. Octavo, original printed wrappers, stapled, …

  • # 16754

    COLE, E.W. (1832-1918)

    “Humanity” / Number one, containing: the human race at a glance, by E.W. Cole.

    [Caption title]. Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide : E. W. Cole, Book Arcade, [1893]. Large quarto, original printed stiff wrappers (marked and foxed, paper splitting along spine), pp. 32, pages 5-31 comprised entirely of  lithographed vignette illustrations of racial types from around the world (arranged 25 to a page), with Cole’s essay occupying the first 4 …

  • # 16672

    INGAMELLS, Rex (1913-1955)

    Because men went hungry : an essay on the uncertainty of Australian prestige

    Melbourne : Jindyworobak Publications, 1951. First edition. Octavo, original printed wrappers (spine sunned), signed by the author on the title page, pp. 34, ex libris of A. Harpley Bradfield to front free-endpaper; small stain to fore-edge of leaves, else a very good copy. An examination and criticism of the Australian ‘cultural cringe’ phenomenon by poet …