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List of famous treatise books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular treatise books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best treatise novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books on this list include The Art of War and The Prince.

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A Treatise of Human Nature is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
A Treatise of Human Nature David Hume A Treatise of Human Nature is a book by Scottish philosopher David Hume, first published at the end of 1738. The full title of the Treatise is 'A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to ...more

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Almagest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Almagest Ptolemy The Almagest is a 2nd-century mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths. Written in Greek by Claudius Ptolemy, a Roman era scholar of Egypt, ...more

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Arthashastra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Arthashastra The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit. It identifies its author by the names "Kauṭilya" and ...more

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Capitalism and Freedom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Capitalism and Freedom Milton Friedman Capitalism and Freedom is a book by Milton Friedman originally published in 1962 by the University of Chicago Press which discusses the role of economic capitalism in liberal society. It sold ...more

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Common-sense is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Common-sense Nicholas Rescher

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Das Kapital is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Das Kapital Karl Marx Das Kapital, Kritik der politischen Ökonomie, by Karl Marx, is a critical analysis of political economy, intended to reveal the economic patterns underpinning the capitalist mode of

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De architectura is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
De architectura Marcus Vitruvius Pollio De architectura is a treatise on architecture written by the Roman architect Vitruvius and dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus, as a guide for building projects. The work is one ...more

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De re aedificatoria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
De re aedificatoria Leone Battista Alberti De re aedificatoria is a classic architectural treatise written by Leon Battista Alberti between 1443 and 1452. Although largely dependent on Vitruvius' De architectura, it was the first ...more

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Discourses on Livy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Discourses on Livy Niccolò Machiavelli Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio is a book written by Niccolò Machiavelli.

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Euclid's Elements is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Euclid's Elements Euclid Euclid's Elements is a mathematical and geometric treatise consisting of 13 books written by the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid in Alexandria c. 300 BC. It is a collection of definitions, ...more

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Foundations of Economic Analys... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Foundations of Economic Analysis Paul Samuelson Foundations of Economic Analysis is a book by Paul A. Samuelson published in 1947 by Harvard University Press. It sought to demonstrate a common mathematical structure underlying multiple ...more

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Geography is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Geography Ptolemy The Geography, also known by its Latin names as the Geographia and the Cosmographia, is a gazeteer, an atlas, and a treatise on cartography, compiling the geographical knowledge of the ...more

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Human Action is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Human Action Ludwig von Mises Human Action: A Treatise on Economics is a work by the Austrian economist and philosopher Ludwig von Mises. Widely considered Mises' magnum opus, it presents the case for laissez-faire ...more

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I quattro libri dell'architett... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
I quattro libri dell'architettura Andrea Palladio I quattro libri dell'architettura is an Italian treatise on architecture by the architect Andrea Palladio. It was first published in four volumes in 1570 in Venice, illustrated with woodcuts ...more

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Illness as Metaphor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Illness as Metaphor Illness as Metaphor is a nonfiction work written by Susan Sontag and published in 1978. She challenged the "blame the victim" mentality behind the language society often uses to ...more

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In Search of a Concrete Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
In Search of a Concrete Music Pierre Schaeffer In Search of a Concrete Music, written and published in 1952, is a French language publication which forms a major part of the experimental composer and theoretician Pierre Schaeffer's ...more

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Man, Economy, and State is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Man, Economy, and State Murray Rothbard Man, Economy, and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles, first published in 1962, is a book on economics by Murray Rothbard. When originally published in 1962, the final eight chapters were ...more

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Oeconomicus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Oeconomicus Xenophon The Oeconomicus by Xenophon is a Socratic dialogue principally about household management and agriculture. It is one of the earliest works on economics in its original sense of household ...more

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Principles of Economics is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Principles of Economics Principles of Economics is a book by economist Carl Menger which is credited with the founding of the Austrian School of economics. It was one of the first modern treatises to advance the theory ...more

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Rights of Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Rights of Man Thomas Paine Rights of Man, a book by Thomas Paine, including 31 articles, posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard the natural rights of its people. Using ...more

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The Age of Reason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Age of Reason Thomas Paine The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is an influential work written by English and American political activist Thomas Paine. It follows in the tradition of ...more

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The Art of War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Art of War Sun Tzu The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is ...more

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The Man Behind the Plough is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Man Behind the Plough The Man Behind the Plough is a wide-ranging, in-depth and moving study of the endemic problems and tragic suffering of the peasants of the undivided Bengal. In order to go into the roots of ...more

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On the origin of species by me... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
On the origin of species by means of natural selection Charles Darwin On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title was ...more

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The Parson's Tale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Parson's Tale Geoffrey Chaucer The Parson's Tale seems, from the evidence of its prologue, to have been intended as the final tale of Geoffrey Chaucer's poetic cycle The Canterbury Tales. The "tale", which is the ...more

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The Path of Perfection is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Path of Perfection The Path of Perfection is a book written by Bahram Elahi presenting an approach to the philosophy of his father Ostad Elahi. It was published in 2005 by Paraview Inc. It is the English ...more

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The Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, ...more

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The Theory of Money and Credit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
The Theory of Money and Credit Ludwig von Mises The Theory of Money and Credit is a 1912 economics book written by Ludwig von Mises, originally published in German as Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel. In it Mises explains the origins ...more

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Theory of Harmony is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Theory of Harmony Heinrich Schenker Harmony is a book published in 1906 by Heinrich Schenker. It is the first installment of Schenker's three-volume treatise on music theory entitled New Musical Theories and Fantasies; the others ...more

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Treatise on Instrumentation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Treatise on Instrumentation Hector Berlioz Grand traité d’instrumentation et d’orchestration modernes, abbreviated in English as the Treatise on Instrumentation is a technical study of Western musical instruments, written by ...more

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Treatise on Invertebrate Paleo... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology The Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology published by the Geological Society of America and the University of Kansas Press, is a definitive multi-authored work of some 50 volumes, written by ...more

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Two Treatises of Government is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Treatise Books and Novels
Two Treatises of Government John Locke Two Treatises of Government is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. The First Treatise attacks patriarchalism in the form of sentence-by-sentence ...more