Published: March 13, 2007
A large quantity of books from the library of Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking (1873‱966) were stolen from the private library of a local estate during the weekend of February 16‱8.
Valued at more than $65,000, the missing books include a large amount of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century scholarly material in the areas of philosophy, religion and international law, as well as valuable Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century philosophy.
The scholarly material includes Nineteenth Century editions of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Epictetus, Cicero and others, plus works on classical philosophy by Zeller, Lodge, Inge and others.
The following list of missing books represents just the tip of the iceberg of the scholarly works that were reported stolen, many of which bear the ownership signature of Hocking. The complete list is posted on the town of Madison website, www.madison-nh.org .
Aquinas, Thomas. De Rebuspublicus et Principum Institutione , 1643 Augustine. Meditations of St Augustine, translation by George Stanhope, 1720.
Butler, Joseph. Works . Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1820, from the library of J.H. Huxley.
Butler, Joseph. Sermons of Joseph Butler . Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1816 from the library of J.H. Huxley.
Churchill, Awnsham. Two Treatises of Government , 1690.
Clarke, Samuel. Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God . London: Botham, 1728.
Clogne Bishop. Miscelleny Containing Several Tracts on Various Subjects . Dublin: George Faulkner, 1752.
Condillac. Logique, La Paris, 1788.
Condillac. Traite Des Sensations . London, 1754, Volumes 1″, from the library of William James.
Cudworth, Ralph. True Intellectual System of the Universe . London, 1743.
Cudworth, Ralph. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality .London: Knapton, 1731.
Descartes, Rene. Epistolae , parts 1″. Amsterdam: Blau, 1682 (three volumes).
Descartes, Rene. Discourse of a Method . London: Thos Newcomb, 1649 Geneve.
Compendium of the Art of Logick and Rhetorick . London: Thos. Maxey, 1651.
Fable of the Bees . London: Tenson, 1728 from the library of William James.
Terms of Common Law (Les Termes de la Ley). London, 1629.
Farrier, Pocket Farrier , Fisk & Chase, 1831.
Tauleri, D. Teutsche Theologia, Die Johan Gleditsche , 1703.
Various authors, Review of the History of Indulgence . Tho. Cokerill at Three Legs, 1681.
Husserl, Edmund. Ding und Raum Vorlesungen . Martinus Nijhoff (Husserliana, Vol. XV) in German.
Dunne, J.W. An Experiment with Time , The Macmillan Co., 1927
Kant, Immanuel. Anthropologie Konigsberg , Freidrich Ricolovius, 1798.
Pascal, Blaise. Great Shorter Works of Pascal . Westminster Press, 1948. Translated by Cailliet & Blankenagel.
Spinoza, Benedict. Tractatus Theologico-Politicus . Hamburg, 1670.
Anyone coming across these books or having any information about them is asked to contact Chief John Pickering or Sergeant James Mullins of the Madison Police Department at 603-367-8334.
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