Timothy B. Wilder

Rare Books

Rare & Scholarly Philosophy Books

320 Weymouth Drive

Rochester, NY 14625-1919

(585) 385-2386



PhilosophyRecent Arrivals


19th c. American Philosophy

British & Continental Philosophy

Old and Rare Philosophy--General Catalogue


An annotated online checklist of Early American Philosophical Literature

available for viewing here.

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 "There is a bookseller in Paris, one Dessain, who has some Character, but who has play'd me a very ugly Trick... [He] will neither send over my Books, nor answer my Letters not take any Notice of me....Tell him I shall prosecute him either myself on my Return to Paris or by Order, if he does not send over my Books & Money."

David Hume, letter to Adam Smith, August, 1766

"Books seem to me to be pestilent things, and infect all who trade in them, i.e. all but one sort of men. Printers, Binders, Sellers and others that make a trade and gain out of them have universally so odde a turne and corruption of mind that they have a way of dealeing peculiar to them selves, and not conformed to the good of society, and that general fairness that cements man kind. Whether it be that these instruments of truth and knowledge will not bear being subjected to any thing but those noble ends, without revengeing them selves on those who medle with them to any other purpose, and prostitute to mean and misbecomeing designes I will not enquire. The matter of fact I think you will find true, and there we will leave it, to those who sully them selves with printers ink, till they wholly expunge all the candor that nature gives, and become the worst sort of Black cattle."

John Locke, letter to Anthony Collins, June 9, 1704



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