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Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books - one of the world's leading dealers in antiquarian philosophy books and archives

Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books

We are one of the world’s leading dealers in antiquarian philosophy books, archives and manuscripts. At any one time we have works by most of the major (and many of the interesting minor) European philosophers from the start of the early modern period to the middle of the twentieth century. We’re always interested in purchasing similar items or larger libraries and archives.

We issue regular listings of new acquisitions on this website, and notify customers by e-mail when a new listing is available. Please note that shipping costs are extra. All items are sent on approval, and may be returned within a reasonable time.

In general, we don’t list our rarest and most expensive books on the internet, preferring to discuss them directly with individual customers and sometimes to put them in our catalogues. Please let us know if you are looking for a particular title.

Please also get in touch for advice on valuations and collection development, and if you have any unusual philosophy material for sale.

Current Catalogue

Our current Catalogue 79 (February 2024) includes works by Berkeley, Descartes, Hegel, Heidegger, Hume, Locke, Kant, Machiavelli, J.S. Mill and Adam Smith. The illustrated pdf file is viewable via the link below.

Our stock is not large but it is constantly changing. At any one time we have works by most of the major (and some of the more interesting minor) European philosophers from the start of the early modern period to the middle of the twentieth century.

We have a particular interest in Kant and his contemporaries, and in certain philosophers whose names just happen to begin with the letters ‘H‘ (Hegel, Hobbes, Hume) and ‘S‘ (Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Adam Smith).

Wilhelm Gottlieb Tennemann – Geschichte der Philosophie. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1798-1819.

11 volumes in 12 (all published), large 8vo, c.5700 pp., contemporary maroon half cloth, spines lettered gilt, marbled boards lightly rubbed, bookplates of Baron Charles de Bock in all volumes, no stamps or inscriptions, uniform light age-toning with slightly more noticeable foxing to outer leaves including title-pages, a very clean and attractive set.

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Thomas Reid – Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, 1785

4to, xii, 766, [2] pp., contemporary tree calf, spine ruled gilt with black morocco label, rubbed with slight loss to foot of spine, Thomas Reid’s ink signature tipped onto front pastedown, ownership inscription ‘W. Ewing Maclae, 1798’ on front free endpaper, a few neat early annotations in two margins, isolated spots, a very nice copy in an unrestored binding, with an appealing Scottish provenance.

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