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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Harper & Brothers, (1887). His first book, published when he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan University and when, according to the author, psychology was just coming into its own, having attained "independent standing," rather than being an extension of logic, ethics, metaphysics and philosophy. Signed by Dewey on the front flyleaf, using an apparent symbolic notation of elevating the two "E's" of his last name (though the precise symbolism of this is unknown to us). Both the front and rear endpages have been covered in notes and doodles by G.E. McIlwain, presumably a student of Dewey's. Some notations in the text as well. Rear hinge cracked; a good copy, without dust jacket, probably as issued. An uncommon and notable first book, seldom found signed. [#034871] $4,500
NY, Horace Liveright, (1929). The first volume in the Kappa Delta Pi Lecture Series, in which Dewey argues for education to be a disciplined and evolving science. Owner name of Theodore F. Lentz, Jr. on the front flyleaf, and together with Lentz's own book, An Experimental Method for the Discovery and Development of Tests of Character [NY: Columbia University, 1925]. Lentz's book has a date stamp on the rear cover and a few small edge tears; very good in wrappers. Dewey's book has a bookplate (not Lentz's) on the front pastedown and several small, penciled marginal marks; near fine in a very good dust jacket with tiny edge chips and one small, internally tape-mended edge tear. [#034726] $450
Chicago, Open Court Publishing Company, 1925. The inaugural lecture in the Paul Carus Foundation Lecture Series, an ongoing series in which lectures are presented over three consecutive days in prominent sessions at a divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association. John Dewey was a philosopher, psychologist and educator who was one of the founders of the pragmatism school of philosophy and was called by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy "arguably the most prominent American intellectual for the first half of the twentieth century." He founded the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1896 to test his educational ideas; he became President of the American Philosophical Association in 1905; he was one of the founders of the New School for Social Research in 1919; and he was a member of the first Board of Directors of Hull House, among many other projects and accomplishments. His ideas helped shape the founding of Bennington College and Goddard College, and later Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which for a time became the nexus of the arts and education in the U.S. Experience and Nature is considered his most metaphysical book and, as such, his most important in tying together all of his ideas of philosophy and psychology and grounding them in nature and a model of how the human being grows and learns. Owner name of Robert Rothman, and several marginal marks in the text. A very good copy with some handling and spotting to the brown cloth, particularly on the spine. Uncommon in the first printing. [#034725] $375
NY, Harper & Brothers, 1937. Report of Hearings on the charges made against Trotsky in the Moscow trials. Dewey was Chairman of the Preliminary Commission of Inquiry. Several instances of notes and underlinings in pencil; near fine in wrappers. [#035241] $25