Thomas Hobbes — Behemoth, FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 1889

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HBehemoth; Or, The Long Parliament (= “Behemoth: The history of the causes of the civil wars of England, and of the counsels and artifices by which they were carried on from the year 1640 to the year 1660, also known as The Long Parliament” sometimes known as Dialogue of the Civil Wars of England). Edited for the first time from the original ms by Fedinand Tönnies and with foreword ny Tönnies = FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1889 (1681). Tall 8vo in original publishers full cloth with gilt title. XI, (2), 204 pp. Minor stain to upper foredge not affecting the inside of book, a name of previous owner in ink to front inner cover and some foxing to endpapers and scattered throughout in minor degree – overall a clean and very good well preserved copy

Behemoth, full title Behemoth: the history of the causes of the civil wars of England, and of the counsels and artifices by which they were carried on from the year 1640 to the year 1660, also known as The Long Parliament, is a book written by Thomas Hobbes discussing the English Civil War. Published posthumously in 1681, it was written in 1668, but remained unpublished at the request of Charles II of England. ehemoth was written in 1668 as a follow-up to a previous and scandalous political work, Leviathan (1651). Leviathan is a representation of an ideal political world, and Behemoth has been considered to be a contrasting treatise on what happens when the very worst abuses of government come to pass. The book is written in the form of a discourse between two men. The first speaker, called only “A”, is an eyewitness and possible insider to the events of the English Civil War. The second speaker, referred to as “B”, is a student aiming to understand the breakdown in the government of England at that time. Hobbes was refused permission by King Charles II to publish Behemoth. While the king recognised the correctness of the account of events and issues, he was concerned that the book would not be well received. Charles withheld his permission to publish, in the hope that Hobbes would avoid further scandal, and perhaps see his reputation as a thinker restored. The manuscript for Behemoth was pirated and printed in unauthorised editions in Europe during the 1670s and in a letter to his friend John Aubrey, Hobbes stated his disappointment with this turn of events. An official edition was released, three years after Hobbes’ death in 1679, by his literary agent William Crooke but with alterations and omissions. According to Aloysius Martinich, “after its initial success the book was relatively unread and unstudied until there was a resurgence of interest in it in the last quarter of the twentieth century” (wiki). “It is noteworthy, however, for the brilliance of the interpretation, the excellence of the prose, the revelation of what it was possible for a profoundly rationalist thinker to conclude about the religious issues of the war, and the interest of seeing this daring and powerful thinker, more fully than he had done elsewhere, apply his philosophy to the state of the catastrophe of the war.” (Royce Macgillivray). This is the rare 1889 edition, which constitutes the first publication of the unaltered original manuscript, or what at the time was thought to be the original. Tönnies came to London in 1878 first time to work on his Hobbes research and this edition was the crowning result. Not until 2009 a modern scientific edition was published ( by Paul Seaward at Oxford University Press, 2009). Very rare!

Thomas Hobbes — Behemoth, FIRST PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 1889

700,00 kr.

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