Rare Book Collection

General Collection

Hobbes' Leviathan

Rousseau's Emil

Rousseau's Contrat social

Smith's Wealth of Nations

Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population

Hume's An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals


Carlyle's Past and Present

The General Collection is the collection of other rare books published before 1850 purchased by Hitotsubashi University and the pre-1850 books of the Sano Collection (MD), the Murase Collection (ME), the Ueda Collection (MF), the Lexis Collection (MG), the Aoyama Collection (MH), the Rachi Collection (MK), the Yamauchi Collection, and the Narumi Collection. Recent acquisitions include Modern European Social Science Rare Books (MJ, catalog available, 869 volumes), the Juridical Dissertations Collection (German juridical dissertations, 17,673 items, 616 volumes), the Henry Gratin Collection (MA-B103, Irish history, catalog available, 325 items), the Collection of Literature on the Scottish Enlightenment (MA-B353-B438, catalog available, 90 items), and the Collection of Research Materials on Western Social Economic Thought (MA-B439-B578, relating to the history of French social economic thought, catalog available, 200 items).

Reflecting the historical accumulation of research at Hitotsubashi University, the more than 10,000 books in the General Collection cover a broad range of disciplines of social science and human science, varying from the sixteenth-century works of More, Erasmus and Bodin to the nineteenth century. Included in the collection are a first edition of Hobbes' Leviathan (1651), a first edition of the Encyclopedie (1751), a first edition presentation copy of Malthus' Principle of Population (1798) and a first edition of the same author's Definitions in Political Economy (1827, presentation copy to Say, with marginalia by the latter). It is striking that many of the books in the collection are not listed in the Goldsmiths'-Kress Library, and that there are a large number of books by and about Robert Owen. The collection also includes unpublished correspondence from Henry S. Salt, founder of the humanitarian league, to the pacifist Bertram Royde, correspondence from celebrated French writers such as Hugo and Balzac, and lithographs of Vienna at the time of the 1848 Revolution.

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