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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 80 (June 2024) includes works by Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Francis Hutcheson, Immanuel Kant, J.S. Mill, G.E. Moore, and Bertrand Russell. 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).

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