RUSSELL, Bertrand History of Western Philosophy London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1946.
8vo., original grey cloth with contrasting brown inset labels to spine, themselves printed in yellow; unclipped printed dust jacket by A E Barlow; pp. 916; internally a very good copy, without the frequent offsetting to end papers; jacket in fair condition with some chipping and loss particularly to areas of the spine (including a previous repair with archival tape), often found thus due to the fragile paper used in its creation across this edition.
First UK edition, first impression of Russell's pinnacle work on Western Philosophy.
The book is divided into three sections. The first covers Ancient Philosophy from the 6th century onwards and encompasses the thought of Plato, Aristotle and Socrates; the second continues with Religious Philosophy and the development of the Church, including Jewish and Islamic Philosophy and the work of St Thomas Acquinas; and the third focuses on Modern Philosophy from the Renaissence period (Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley and Hume) through to Russell's own writings on Logical Positivism. The book was initially published in America the previous year, and since that time has never been out of print. It provided Russell with financial security for the rest of his life.
Because the book was written during, and published so soon after the end of the Second World War, the dust jacket has been printed on the back of military maps; our example encompasses the German city of Rudolstadt and surrounding areas.