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HODGSON, SHADWORTH H. (1832-1912) - Autograph Letter Signed

This nonacademic English philosopher was a companion of William James, with whom he belonged to the London group "Scratch Eight"; he was the first president (1880-94) of the Aristotelian Society; among his books are "The Metaphysic of Experience," "The Philosophy of Reflection" and "Time and Space." ALS, 3pp, 4½" X 7", Lincolnshire, England, 1870 July 18. Addressed to "My dear Harris." Very good. Good content referring to the political situation in France. In part: "If you go to Paris now you will find it at a most interesting time, in all the fever of the beginning of the war. I think their going to war on the part of France, out of pure jealousy of Prussia, utilised by Napoleon for the supposed interest of his own dynasty, is treason to the cause of civilisation and the union of Western Europe.." Sure enough, France declared war on Prussia the very day after Hodgson penned this letter. Mentions his summer plans ("quietly and steadily reading in London in August, when London is empty, and though hot not feverish"). A handsome and interesting example. From the collection of University of Chicago geology professor Albert Johannsen (1871-1962), author of "The House of Beadle and Adams and Its Dime and Nickel Novels" (1950), the definitive reference work and bibliography on the subject. Johannsen's original 8½" X 11" file folder, bearing his printed "Collection of Albert Johannsen" label (partly filled in by Johannsen), accompanies this item. .
USD 125.00 [Appr.: EURO 103.5 | £UK 89 | JP¥ 13686] Book number 26718

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