MILL John Stuart (1873.)
£200.00 [First Edition]
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First edition, second issue. 8vo. vi, 313, [1, errata], , [2, publishers advertisements] pp. Original green pebble-grain cloth, spine lettered in gilt and ruled in gilt and black, boards panelled in black, brown coated endpapers (partially unopened, extremities lightly rubbed, otherwise an excellent copy). London, Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer.
First edition, second issue with the errata leaf at the rear, of Mill's Autobiography, 'a pioneering essay in the literary genre of psychological self-analysis' (ODNB), the bulk of which was composed during the 1850s, but not published until after his death in 1873. The Autobiography describes Mill's life from his development as a child prodigy, dominated by the 'all-encompassing personality, philosophy, and educational theories of his father' (ODNB), to his near suicide at the age of twenty-one and subsequent partial rejection of Utilitarian doctrine, through his growth as the highest-ranked English philosopher and social thinker of the nineteenth-century.
Provenance: Robert M. Rodger, of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Airdie, with his bookplate to the front pastedown and a presentation inscription to him from a John J. Barrie dated 1874 to the front free endpaper. Some occasional marginal highlighting in pencil and a few contemporary notes in pencil and ink.
Stock Code: 231112