Hobbes, Thomas, 1588 - 1679 author.
Leviathan, or The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill. By Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury..
Portion of title: Matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill
London, : Printed for Andrew Crooke, at the Green Dragon in St. Pauls Church-yard,, 1651..
, 248, 247-256, 261-396 p.,  leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill., table ; 31 cm. (fol.)
Added engraved title-plate reading "Leviathan or The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civil.", with the imprint "London printed for Andrew Crooke 1651".
This is the presumed first edition, issued from 1651. At least two other editions bear the same date (but were printed and issued later). The present edition is readily identified by the title-page ornament, which is a woodcut of a mask surrounded by scroll ornaments etc.
Leaf A4 is in two states. State 1: "The" in the first line is printed in Roman capitals and sig. B is wrongly printed at the bottom; state 2: "The" in the first line is printed in italics and there is no sig. B printed.
Errata at foot of leaf A3 verso.
The second plate is a folded letterpress table.
Printed by Thomas Warren (sig. A-2B⁴) and Richard Cotes (sig. 2C-3D⁴) according to Akira Takano (see: Annals of Nagoya University Library studies, v.13, 2016, p.1-17). Previously, the printing through quire 2B was wrongly attributed to Roger Norton instead (see: Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, ed. Noel Malcolm, vol. 1, p. 211- ). The printing of this edition has also been ascribed to William Wilson (cf. Virginia University. Bibliographical Society. Studies in bibliography, volume 7, (1955), pages 125-151).
Signatures: A-Z⁴ Aa-Zz⁴ Aaa-Ddd⁴ ($1-2 signed +Cc3-Ddd3).
Woodcut headpieces and initials; printed marginalia.
Macdonald and Hargreaves. Thomas Hobbes a bibliography, (London, 1952), 42
Engraved armorial bookplate of Edward Waddington, recording donation to Eton College in 1731. Engraved armorial bookplate of Eton College.
C17th marbled calf binding; tight spine with five raised bands; gold-tooled spine compartments and spine title; marbled edges.
ECL copy has leaf A4 in the 2nd state.
Imperfect: wanting folded table.
Previous shelfmark: Dn.2.07.
Political science Early works to 1800
State, The Early works to 1800.
Crooke, Andrew, ? - d. 1674 publisher.
Wilson, William, fl. 1640 - 1665 printer.