HOBBES, Thomas (1588-1679). Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill. London: Andrew Crooke, 1651 [but later]. 2° (330 x 200mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding letterpress table, small woodcut on title. (Neat repair on frontispiece, light crease on title, light spotting and occasional browning.) Contemporary calf, sides panelled in blind, gilt spine in compartments, edges sprinkled red, gilt turn-ins (spine restored at head and tail, front joint splitting, some rubbing).
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HOBBES, Thomas (1588-1679). Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill. London: Andrew Crooke, 1651 [but later]. 2° (330 x 200mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding letterpress table, small woodcut on title. (Neat repair on frontispiece, light crease on title, light spotting and occasional browning.) Contemporary calf, sides panelled in blind, gilt spine in compartments, edges sprinkled red, gilt turn-ins (spine restored at head and tail, front joint splitting, some rubbing).

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HOBBES, Thomas (1588-1679). Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill. London: Andrew Crooke, 1651 [but later]. 2° (330 x 200mm). Engraved frontispiece, folding letterpress table, small woodcut on title. (Neat repair on frontispiece, light crease on title, light spotting and occasional browning.) Contemporary calf, sides panelled in blind, gilt spine in compartments, edges sprinkled red, gilt turn-ins (spine restored at head and tail, front joint splitting, some rubbing).

Third edition of THE MOST IMPORTANT 17TH-CENTURY ENGLISH WORK OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. Written in the midst of the English Civil War, Leviathan sets out Hobbes's firm belief in the State as an aggregation of individual men submitting voluntarily for the good of the greater commonwealth in order to lift humankind out of anarchy. True to Hobbes's prediction, the originality and directness of his work exacerbated the divisions in a nation already torn, but it also brought many out of the 'darkness of ignorance'. Leviathan directly influenced theorists from Spinoza to Bentham. Macdonald & Hargreaves 42; Norman 1082; PMM 138; Wing H-2246.

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