Memoirs of the Mogul Court For Sale
Memoirs of the Mogul Court
Manucci, Niccolao
Click to view details

Hobbes, Thomas - Leviathan - ( Item 123993 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2012. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Very slight marks to slipcase. Introduced by Alan Ryan. Illustrated by Mike Wilks. Bound in buckram. Blocked with artwork by Neil Gower from a design from Mike Wilks. Set in Arno Pro. Approx. 592 pages. Frontispiece. 12 black & white illustrations. Book size: 10" 6". The philosopher Thomas Hobbes understood the devastation caused by the English Civil War and was determined to construct a blueprint for a peaceful society. He began his task by trying to explain the nature of human beings, the state and civilisation. Morality, he considered, was a physical, not a spiritual attribute, proceeding from our sense of self-preservation. Anarchy decreases our chance of survival and to avoid this, he explains, we must give up a portion of our freedom to a ruling authority, be it a sovereign or Commonwealth (the leviathan of the title). The sovereign's power stems from this self interested agreement: while his subjects cannot overthrow him, he has no divine right. It is no surprise that with such arguments Hobbes made enemies on both sides of the Civil War. The Commonwealth objected to his assertion that benign monarchy was the best form of government, while royalists denounced Hobbes as a revolutionary. Hobbes's conviction that religious power was subordinate to civil authority infuriated Puritans and Catholics alike, both of whom labelled him an atheist. His work was lauded and condemned throughout Europe, and its influence has echoed down the centuries. Published in 1651, Leviathan is the foundation stone on which modern political philosophy is built: the concept of a social contract is drawn from it, while Hobbes's assertion that loss of liberty is a price worth paying for peace has aroused new applications and refutations in every generation. This edition contains a newly commissioned introduction from Alan Ryan, lecturer in politics at Princeton University, placing Hobbes's ideas in context and tracing their influence. Powerful illustrations by Mike Wilks provide a thought-provoking complement to Hobbes's great literary achievement.

Price 35.00                 Other items you may like                 Others by the same author

To buy this item online using any major credit or debit card or Paypal, click the appropriate delivery option below to add the item to your basket, depending on where you are in the world. Alternatively please contact us at for further information or to order with payment by direct bank transfer or cheque if you are in the UK.

Safe and Secure Online Buying

To buy online, please click the appropriate postage option in the item boxes above. You will be transferred to secure pages hosted by Paypal, the largest online transaction processor in the world. You can pay with any major credit or debit card or by Paypal. When ordering multiple items in the UK, you may be entitled to a postage discount. This will be refunded when your order is received. If you prefer to pay by cheque, or would like a quotation for buying multiple items, please email us at with the unique item numbers required.

Money Back Guarantee, Secure Packaging and Fast Response

We are a major online trader with excellent feedback from satisfied customers on Amazon and Ebay (over 20,000 customers). We will refund your costs for items returned within seven days for any reason. If we are at fault we will also refund your return postage. Items are sent in top grade book boxes for protection. Large items or multiple purchases may be boxed. Items will be despatched within a day of receipt of your order, usually on the same day if ordered before noon.

[Back to top]

Useful Links

Home Page
Contact Us


Terms and conditions
Delivery information
About Ardis Books


Returns policy
Cancellation policy


Customer services
Email Ardis Books
What our customers say