STRAUSS, E. PETTY, William, Sir)
Title: Sir William Petty : Portrait of a Genius. First Edition.
Publisher:  Bodley Head, London, 1954,
Seller ID: 100440
(PETTY, William, Sir). STRAUSS, E. Sir William Petty : Portrait of a Genius. London: The Bodley Head, (1954). First Printing. Pp. (4),5-260, portrait frontispiece. 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine. "This book is nota history of Petty's 'life and times', for his times were so tremendous an d his pulic influence so limited, that in such a history he would appear only as an episodic figure. [...] The main subject of the following study is Petty's character, the forces which went to mould him and the problems to which he responded, and his creative contribution to the growth of modern thought and science. This contribution is important enough to claim him as a genius, in spite of the weaknesses of his complex character and of a temperamental aversion to hero-worship on the part of the author. This claim implies that Petty's personality has retained its relevance for later generations, after all his positive discoveies have long since been overtaken by themarch of events. In the analysis of his intellectual personality, the emph asis has, therefore, been put not on his doctrines and theories but onhis pioneer work as a social thinker who applied the basic intellectual principles of his time to the facts of social and economic life." - from the preface. Contents: Part One: Endeavour: 1. Background and Origin; 2. Early Challenge; 3. Dr. Petty; 4. Ireland, Rebellious and Enslaved; 5. The Down Survey:Scope and Organisation; 6. The Down Survey: Execution and Significance; 7. The Down Survey: Exploitation. Part Two: Frustration: 8. The Man of Proper ty; 9. The Man of Parts; 10. The Man of Ambition; 11. The Man of Principle;12. The Man; 13. Foes and Friends. Part Three: Achievement: 14. The Writer ; 15. Number, Weight and Measure; 16. Political Anatomy; 17. The Multiplication of Mankind; 18. The Universal Measure; 19. Aiming at Impossible Things. Previous owner's acquisition note inked to flyleaf, two instances of inked markings (pp. 29, 32), else very good. 35.00