The Printing of the ‘Bear’: New Light on the Second Edition of Hobbes's Leviathan

Noel Malcolm

in Aspects of Hobbes

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247141
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597992 | DOI:
 The Printing of the ‘Bear’: New Light on the Second Edition of Hobbes's  Leviathan

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Puts forward an account of the printing and publishing history of the second edition of Leviathan—an edition that has the same date as the first (1651), is known to be a later production, but has never hitherto been dated with any accuracy. With the help of bibliographical evidence and details drawn from the archives of the Stationers’ Company, a fairly detailed account of the history of this edition can be constructed. What the evidence shows is that this so‐called ‘Bear’ edition was first printed (in part) in 1670 in London; that the printing was partly confiscated by the Stationers’ Company; and that the remaining sheets were then combined with sheets produced by a Dutch printer in the period 1675–8.

Keywords: Christoffel Cunradus; Hobbes; Leviathan; Stationers’ Company

Chapter.  26013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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