London: Printed by J.G. for R. Royston, at the Angel in Ivie-lane, 1651.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Near Fine. Item #003064
12mo (146 x 82 mm). , 363  pp. Engraved additional title "Philosophicall rudiments concerning goverment [sic] and civill society", signed "Ro: Vaughan sculp", 3 full-page engravings, decorated woodcut initials, final leaf S4 (index of chapters) bound after leaf B8 as usual. Bound in fine 19th-century polished calf, blind tooling to boards and spine, spine lettered in gilt, gilt-tooled board edges and turn-ins, red-sprinkled edges (extremities little rubbed, lower corners bumped, tight binding with short inner margin). Text generally crisp and clean, very minor occasional spotting, leaf F2 with minor marginal chip, small paper flaw to leaf L1. An outstanding copy, rarely found that well preserved. Collated complete. ----
Wing H2253; Macdonald & Hargreaves 36. - FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. An exceptionally fine copy of a work of which copies are commonly found incomplete, lacking either frontispiece, engraved plates or the index leaf. First published in latin in Paris 1642 during Hobbes fourth exile from England, De Cive introduces Thomas Hobbes' thoughts on politics and religion and is considered to be a precursor to his most important publication, Leviathan (Wing H-2253). The English translation of the work made its first appearance four years later in London. De cive is the first of a trilogy of works written by Hobbes dealing with human knowledge, the other two works in the trilogy being De Corpore ("On the body"), published in 1655 and De Homine ("On man"), published in 1658. Because of the political turmoil of the time, namely the unrest leading up to the Civil War of 1642, Hobbes hastily "ripened and plucked" the work which would systematically come last: De Cive. This work comprises three parts: Libertas (liberty), Imperium (dominion), and Religio (religion). In the first part, he describes man's natural condition, dealing with the natural laws; in the second, the necessity of establishing a stable government is indicated. Finally, in the third part, he writes about religion. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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