17 June 2008
GODWIN, William (1756-1836). An Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness. London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1793.
2 volumes, 4o (295 x 230 mm). Half-titles, errata leaf at end of volume 2. (Cc2.3 stained in volume one, 5S2.3 dust-soiled in volume 2, [a1: half-title] and [a4] misbound between [a2] and [a3] in volume one.) Original cream paper-backed blue paper boards, spines numbered in ink (rubbed, spines chipped with minor loss, one or two pale stains); folding cloth case by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Provenance: H. Bradley Martin (bookplate; his sale, Sotheby's New York, Part 9, 14 June 1990, lot 3468).
"ONE OF THE EARLIEST, THE CLEAREST, AND MOST ABSOLUTE THEORETICAL EXPOSITIONS OF SOCIALIST AND ANARCHIST DOCTRINE" (PMM)
FIRST EDITION. The Enquiry was "Godwin's passionate advocacy of individualism, his trust in the fundamental goodness of man, and his opposition to all restrictions on liberty" (PMM 243); Rothschild 1016.
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