Rare Books Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell 1955 Modern Library Philosophy Books for Readers Gifts Collectible Books Philosophers

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This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 1955 Modern Library. This copy is very good inside and out. The inside pages are clean with no foxing or markings seen and only light natural tanning to pages from age. Purple hardcover boards under jacket have ML embossed emblem front with silver lettering along spine and are very good with barely a hint of shelf wear. The accompanying dust jacket is also very good with only light shelf wear. The binding is tight and straight. NOTE: dust jacket is neatly price clipped inside front cover. Modern Library "ML" logo design is featured on front and back endpapers. Crown octavo book size or 5.5" x 8" with 390 pages not including final pages listing Modern Library titles in the series.

Modern Library began publishing series of books in 1917. they were extremely popular, especially with students, as they were copies of great literature and topics that were priced for the general public. The publishing firm of Boni Liveright started the series, as the idea stemmed from Albert Boni. The first title published was The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. Early editions were published in "pocket book" size for easy carrying to read anywhere and they were bound in leatherette. In 1927, Random House was borne out of Modern Library and pictorial dust jackets were introduced to the series, along with hardcover boards. As publishing changed, Modern Library fell to the wayside but was "reintroduced" in the 1970's. Early editions are collectibles and later titles remain favorites as many collect Modern Library editions of all ages.

Selected Papers of Bertrand Russell from Modern Library includes a new intro by the author. Bertrand Russell personally selected the contents of the volume which includes two essays, A Free Man's Worship and Mysticism and Logic, printed in full. There are significant chapters from Education and the Good Life, Proposed Roads to Freedom, Why Men Fight and more.

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