On Liberty.

MILL John Stuart (1859.)

£6000.00  [First Edition]

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First Edition. 8vo. 207, [1], 8, pp. Complete with the publisher's advertisements. Minor paper flaw at the head of title-page. Original purple publishers ribbed cloth, boards ruled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, publishers terracotta endpapers (spine lightly faded and bumped at head and tail, boards slightly rubbed). A truly exceptional copy, in far better condition than is usually encountered, with minimal fading to the purple dye that so consistently blights other examples.

London, John W. Parker and Son. 

First edition of Mill’s most widely read book, a cornerstone of modern liberalism and one of the few indisputably classic texts in the history of political philosophy. On Liberty was infamous in its time for the many apparent contradictions of significant aspects of Mill's earlier works, in particular Utilitarianism - an intellectual reorientation that owed much to the influence of Harriet Taylor Mill, to whom the book is dedicated. It constituted the "final stage in the growth of Utilitarian doctrine, and its central point is one which had escaped both Mill’s father and Bentham. Mill realised that the ‘greatest good’ of the community is inseparable from the liberty of the individual” (Printing and the Mind of Man, p. 209).

MacMinn, Hainds & McCrimmon, p. 92; PMM, 345.

Stock Code: 227468

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