George Allen and Unwin Ltd. London. 1946.
FIRST U.K EDITION. 8vo.(8.8 x 5.9 inches). 916pp. A fine and bright copy bound in recent full brown morocco. Spine with raised bands, the compartments ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt. Red title label, gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt. A finely bound copy of Russell's hugely popular history, broadly covering covering philosophers and philosophical thought from the Pre-Socratics up to John Dewey and William James, and finishing with Logical Analysis. Russell won the Nobel prize for Literature in 1950, with the Nobel committee listing this title among the works that influenced their decision. While criticised by some as being too general, many found the book an accessible and easily readable introduction to Philosophy and it became a best seller which has not been out of print since.