1676 1st ed Clarendon Survey of LEVIATHAN Thomas Hobbes Political Philosophy

CLARENDON, Edward Hyde

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Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon published an important and fascinating rebuke of Thomas Hobbes’s famous work ‘Leviathan’. Clarendon formed this book as a critique, but the work in unquestionable an attack on Hobbes’s book. According to Zagorin,

“‘Survey’ is a book of considerable merit and interest…and is the longest, most general statement of political philosophy that Clarendon left.”

 

It was in this work that Clarendon decisively formulated that ‘Leviathan’ favored the domination of the usurping government that overthrew the king, and furthermore, that Hobbes had written this work in order to make his return to England from exile. (Zagorin).

 

Over half of ‘Survey’ deals with politics and religion discussions found in ‘Leviathan’. Clarendon focuses on Hobbesian views of sedition, treason, and impiety, even though Clarendon shared some of the views that Hobbes held. Though it should be noted that Clarendon claimed Hobbes to be “so ignorant of the law and constitution of England that he was incompetent to judge political affairs.”

 

This rare first edition was published in July 1676, as stated on the verso of the title page, dedicated to King Charles II.

 

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1676 1st ed Clarendon Survey of LEVIATHAN Thomas Hobbes Political Philosophy

 

Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon published an important and fascinating rebuke of Thomas Hobbes’s famous work ‘Leviathan’. Clarendon formed this book as a critique, but the work in unquestionable an attack on Hobbes’s book. According to Zagorin,

“‘Survey’ is a book of considerable merit and interest…and is the longest, most general statement of political philosophy that Clarendon left.”

 

It was in this work that Clarendon decisively formulated that ‘Leviathan’ favored the domination of the usurping government that overthrew the king, and furthermore, that Hobbes had written this work in order to make his return to England from exile. (Zagorin).

 

Over half of ‘Survey’ deals with politics and religion discussions found in ‘Leviathan’. Clarendon focuses on Hobbesian views of sedition, treason, and impiety, even though Clarendon shared some of the views that Hobbes held. Though it should be noted that Clarendon claimed Hobbes to be “so ignorant of the law and constitution of England that he was incompetent to judge political affairs.”

 

This rare first edition was published in July 1676, as stated on the verso of the title page, dedicated to King Charles II.

 

Item number: #12679

Price: $795

 

CLARENDON, Edward Hyde

 

A brief view and survey of the dangerous and pernicious errors to church and state in Mr. Hobbes’s book entitled Leviathan

 

[Oxford] : Printed at the Theater, 1676. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [8], 322
    • Signatures: *⁴ A-2R⁴ 2S² ( -2S2)
  • References: Wing C 4420; ESTC R 23248;
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~8in X 6in (20cm x 15cm)

 

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12679

Categories

Law & Government

Philosophy

Authors

CLARENDON, Edward Hyde

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete