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Rousseau and Naturalism in Life and Thought, Hudson, William Henry
1 Hudson, William Henry Rousseau and Naturalism in Life and Thought
Edinburgh T. & T. Clark 1903 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [attractive volume, with some modest wear at extremities and minor soiling to page edges; gilt lettering on spine and black lettering on front cover all very strong; once a circulating copy in a private book club (see notes), with large label related thereto on the ffep, one-time owner's stamped in purple there and also on the half-title page]. (The World's Epoch-Makers) Series Study of the life and philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, by a writer who was well-known as a naturalist and ornithologist, and also wrote a number of novels -- only one of which has had much of an extended shelf-life, that being "Green Mansions," published one year after this book. The paper label which covers most of the ffep is headed "Book Club, 1904-5"; the members' names are printed beneath it, with a specified "To be Received" and "To be Forwarded" date (3 weeks apart) for each. Seventeen members are listed, including Mr. J. Ashton (probably the "James Gibson Ashton" whose name is stamped twice in the book; did he just keep it?) and a "Miss Allen," the only woman on the list. This is the true first edition of this book, preceding the November 1903 appearance of the American (Scribner's) edition by at least several months. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Creative Fidelity, Marcel, Gabriel (translated from the French and with an introduction by Robert Rosthal)
2 Marcel, Gabriel (translated from the French and with an introduction by Robert Rosthal) Creative Fidelity
New York Farrar, Straus and Company 1964 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Carrie Makover 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, only minor shelfwear, browning to page edges, one-time owner's name at top of ffep; jacket lightly soiled, a little browned at spine, small tears and slight dog-earing at spine ends, small hole in front foldover, near bottom]. Originally published in France as "Du Refus L'Invocation" in 1940, this collection of lectures and essays was regarded by Marcel as the best introduction to his thought. "It deals not only with the typical Marcellian themes of faith, fidelity, belief, incarnate being, and participation, but includes chapters of religious tolerance and orthodoxy, and an important critical essay on [Karl] Jaspers." Marcel (1889-1973), a French philosopher and playwright, was known as a leading Christian Existentialist, although he distanced himself from the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre and others. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Gist of Nietzsche, Mencken, Henry L. (arranged by)
3 Mencken, Henry L. (arranged by) The Gist of Nietzsche
Boston John W. Luce & Company 1910 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(maroon boards with paper labels on front cover and spine; no dust jacket) [slight bumping to top corners, a trace of uneven fading to front board, paper spine label a little chipped at edges; two one-time owners' signatures on ffep, indicating purchase dates of 1910 and 1922, and as further testimony to the book's purchase history, it also bears not one but two vintage bookseller's labels (Brentano's, New York, on the rear pastedown; Stratford & Green, Los Angeles, on the front pastedown)]. Excerpts from Nietzsche's writings, arranged thematically (under such headings as "Morality," "Christianity," "Patriotism," "Free Will," "Marriage," etc.). In his brief introduction, Mencken -- who had previously published a treatise on Nietzsche's philosophy, in 1907 (an ad and review comments for which appear at the rear of this volume) -- calls the philosopher "a ruthless destoyer -- the most savage and resolute, it is probable, that Christian morals and Christian civilization have ever had to face." Amen to that! 
Price: 50.00 USD
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