London: Effingham Wilson, 1831. [Phillosophy] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.; viii; 471; . Publisher's original brown paper-covered boards, with a later respibne in green cloth with the original paper title label retained and laid on, new endpapers supplied. All edges untrimmed. Occasional thumbmark and some sporadic light spotting but generally clean and bright. Boards bumped and worn to corners and edges with some loss, a few marks to the panels, cloth a little rubbed to extremities, title label soiled and chipped. Uncommon in boards. Very good. Husband to Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley, William Godwin was perhaps one of the only literary men of the eighteenth century to be overshadowed by his female relations. Nevertheless, he made some significant contributions to philosophy and political theory, particularly concerning the earliest developments of what would eventually emerge as Utilitarianism and Anarchism later in the nineteenth century. This book came late in his career, assuming the familiar Classical character of reflexive essays by the likes of Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, de Montaigne or Bacon. Item #48709
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