A Very Good copy of the revised and expanded (by Eucken) edition, bound in three-quarter leather with elegant decorative board and with the compartmented spine lettered, decorated, and lined in gilt and having a red title label and a green author label and the page block's closed edges stained red (some minor edge rubbing, light scuffing to the rear board leather near the spine, some scuffing to the red spine label, outer board corners rubbed through, front board lightly curved at the leading extremities, mild damage to and light residue on the front pastedown evidently from a bookplate's removal, top portion of the page facing the title page clipped off), SIGNED BY RUDOLF EUCKEN on the title page -- text in German; Murray Gell-Mann's copy with Gell-Mann's bookplate to the front free endpaper. First published in 1890, Eucken, as he explains in his second and third forwards, revised and expanded the work in 1896 and then again in 1899. Eucken won the 1908 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, his wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life". One of Eucken's best-known and most important works, the book presents and critiques the views of great philosophers on the problem of human life, including the views of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Spinoza, Descartes, Kant, and others. Eucken himself maintained that humans have souls, that they consequently were at the junction between nature and spirit, and that they should seek to overcome their non-spiritual natures and work to achieve a more spiritual life. Murray Gell-Mann won the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions". Gell- Mann coined the name "Quark" for certain elementary particles, naming them after a line in James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake". [Having determined the sound for the word he would coin for his discovery, Gell-Mann was for a time uncertain of how he would choose to spell it, considering, among other possibilities, spelling the sound as "kwork" until, in what he called one of his "occasional perusals of Finnegans Wake", he came across the phrase: "Three quarks for Muster Mark! / Sure he has not got much of a bark / And sure any he has it's all beside the mark." Thus was born a new and important Scientific term.] Thus we have one Nobel Prize-winner's copy of another Nobel Prize-winner's signed book -- an excellent Association copy. Signed copies of Rudolf Eucken's works are exceedingly difficult to find and our search of the auction records reveals only one of his signed books having come to auction since 1960. A Very Good copy of Rudolf Eucken's masterpiece, SIGNED BY RUDOLF EUCKEN and with an excellent PROVENANCE, BEING THE COPY OF NOBEL PRIZE-WINNER MURRAY GELL-MANN. A REMARKABLE AND RARE COPY OF THIS NOTABLE WORK. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Die Lebensanschauungen der grossen Denker [...
Publisher: Verlag Von Veit & Comp
Publication Date: 1899
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First edition thus.
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