(1756-1836) English political philosopher and novelist, husband of Mary Wollstonecraft and father of Mary Shelley.

Autograph Document Signed, 12mo, n.p., August 3, dated 1825 on verso.

This document is a sheet of paper used by Godwin at the Reading Room of the British Museum. He has written, "Tracts. Gift of Geo. III. M.333. Aug. 3" and signed, "W. Godwin" in black ink, large and clear. The note is tipped to card, spindle-hole at center, hand cancellation marks (very slightly affecting signature).

Godwin is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and one of the first modern proponents of philosophical anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: "An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice", an attack on political institutions and "Things As They Are or The Adventures of Caleb Williams", which attacks aristocratic privilege, but also is virtually the first mystery novel. Based on the success of both, Godwin featured prominently in the radical circles of London in the 1790s.

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