Oct 13, 2022 - Sale 2617

Sale 2617 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 2,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
Hobbes, Thomas (1588-1679)
Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill.

London: Printed [by John Redmayne and Christoffel Cunradus] for Andrew Ckooke [sic], 1651 [i.e. 1678].

Second edition with the bear ornament on title page, engraved title with inscription across the top, and two signatures of members of the Ward family, including one dated 1681 (water stained), folding typographical table detached, very wrinkled, browned, with extensive edge damage resulting in loss of text to words along the right edge; contemporary boards awkwardly rebacked (front joint stiff, older preliminary leaves detached and loosely inserted with the table); 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.

This particular edition of Hobbes Leviathan, one of three dated 1651 and claiming to have been printed by Crooke, is actually a pirated edition made up of sheets printed by John Redmayne in 1670 and Christoffel Cunradus some time before the end of 1678. (For more cf. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, edited by Noel Malcolm, vol. 1, p. 226-258.)

Wing H-2247; ESTC R13936; Macdonald & Hargreaves 43.