Fellow Booksellers–

Family members of Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking (1873 – 1966) have discovered that a large quantity of books from his library were stolen during the weekend of February 16-18 from a family home in northern New Hampshire. The missing books include a large amount of solid 19th and 20th century scholarly material in philosophy, religion and international law as well as valuable 17th & 18th century philosophy. The scholarly material includes 19th century editions of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Epictetus, Cicero, etc. plus works on classical philosophy by Zeller, Lodge, Inge, etc. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the scholarly works. Much of this has the ownership signature of William E. Hocking.

More valuable works of philosophy that were stolen include (These may not have Hocking’s signature):

Aquinas, Thomas. De Rebuspublicus et Principum Institutione, 1643
Augustine. Meditations of St. Augustine, translation by George Stanhope. 1720
Butler, Joseph. Works. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1820 (from the library of J. H. Huxley)
Butler, Joseph. Sermons of Joseph Butler. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1816 from the library of J. H. Huxley
Churchill, Awnsham. Two Treatises of Government. 1690
Clarke, Samuel. Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God, London: Botham, 1728
Clogne, Bishop. Miscelleny Containing Several Tracts on Various Subjects. Dublin: George Faulkner, 1752
Condillac. Logique, La Paris: 1788
Condillac. Traite Des Sensations London: 1754 Volumes 1-3, From the Library of William James
Cudworth, Ralph. True Intellectual System of the Universe, The no date (c. 18th cen.)
Cudworth, Ralph. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, London: Knapton, 1731
Descartes, Rene. Epistolae, pts. 1-3. Amsterdam: Blau, 1682. 3 Volumes
Descartes, Rene. Philosophia Su Dissertatio De Methodo. Amsterdam: Elzevir, 16??
Descartes, Rene. Discourse of a Method. London: Thos. Newcomb, 1649
Geneve, A. Examen du Prince de Machiavel. 1759
Glanvilla, Ranupho de. Tractatus de Legibus and Consuetudini. Thos. Wright, 1604
Malebranch. Search After Truth. London: L. Litchfield, 1694
Malebranch. De Recherche de La Verita, Paris: 1762
Hobbes, Thomas. Philosophical Rudiments Concerning Government and Civil Society. London: R. Royston, 1651
Spinoza, Benedictus. Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. 1674
Tacitus. Opera C. Cornelii Taciti. Amsterdam: Blau, 1685
Wollaston. Religion of Nature Delineated. London, 2 Copies. One a Fifth Edition, 1759, and one a 2nd Edition, 1724
Verulam, Francis. Essays. London: John Beale, 1639
Wolf, Christian. Psychologia Empirica. Verona: Dionysii Ramanzini Bibliopolae Apud S. Thomam, 1736
Compendium of the Art of Logick and Rhetorick, London: Thos. Maxey, 1651
Fable of the Bees. London: Tenson, 1728 From the Library of William James.
Terms of Common Law . (Les Termes de la Ley). London, 1629

If you have any leads on this, please contact Dr. Hocking’s grand-daughter Jennifer Hocking Wiley or her sister Penny Hocking.

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