8 April 2003
JAMES, William (1842-1910). Is Life Worth Living?. Philadelphia: S. Burns Weston, 1896.
12o. Original green flexible cloth, lettered in black on front cover (some light wear at extremities). Provenance: Robertson James, the author's brother (presentation inscription from the author).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM JAMES TO HIS BROTHER ROBERTSON on the front free endpaper: "Robertson James from his affectionate W.J. May 1896." Robertson James was the youngest of the four James boys. Along with their younger sister Alice, the Jameses constituted one of the most prominent literary families in Boston. William, the eldest of the four children, was the great founder of the Pragmatic movement in philosophy, and the present work was one of the more discursive works to discuss some of the principles of his then-developing view. According to ABPC, NO OTHER BOOK WITH SUCH A CLOSE PERSONAL ASSOCIATION INSCRIBED BY WILLIAM JAMES HAS APPEARED AT AUCTION.
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