Liberty and Tyranny by Francis W. Hirst, Classics of Liberty Library Edition, 2004

Francis W. Hirst, Liberty and Tyranny. New York, Gryphon editions, LLC., 2004. Classics of Library Edition. Octavo printing. 

Presented is a quarter-leather bound Classics of Liberty Library edition of Liberty and Tyranny by Francis W. Hirst, published in 2004. This book was first published in London by Duckworth Publishing, 1935. 

In the book, Hirst traces the history of English freedom from Classical Antiquity through the British and American liberal thinkers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. He defends the superiority of liberalism over the then-ascending ideologies of Fascism, Communism, and Nazism. Hirst wrote Liberty and Tyranny as “a reasoned defense of political and civil liberty.” Describing the dark age for individual liberty worldwide that had been inaugurated by the Great War, he wrote: “Two centuries of emancipation have been followed by two decades of reaction.” That same year, Hirst published a shorter companion volume, Economic Freedom and Private Property, which makes his case for economic liberty. 


Published by Gryphon Editions, this book is bound in brown quarter-leather and fine library brown buckram. The book is embellished with gilt stamping to front boards, gilt stamping, titled, and raised bands on the spine. Bound by Bind-Tech, Inc. in Nashville Tennessee. Specially commissioned marbleized endpapers designed by Iris Nevins. The acid-free leaves are gilded for additional protection and elegance. A permanent silk ribbon marker ensures easy reference. Pen inscriptions on original copyright page by previous owner, with thoughts on the book, and his initials "MSJ". Pen underlines throughout the book, not obscuring text. 

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