Rare First Edition of Edwards' A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will

  • A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.
  • A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.
  • A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.
  • A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.

A Careful and Strict Enquiry into the Prevailing Notions of that Freedom of Will.

Item Number: 81077

Boston: S. Kneeland, 1754.

First edition of Edwards’ most important treatise, and is generally considered to be the first great philosophical work to be written and published in America. Octavo, bound in contemporary paneled calf. In very good condition, with the bookplate of the Founding Father William Samuel Johnson of Connecticut. William Samuel Johnson was an early American statesman who was notable for signing the United States Constitution, for representing Connecticut in the United States Senate, and for serving as the third president of King’s College now known as Columbia University. An exceptional rarity with noted provenance.

"The publication in 1754 of A Careful and Strict Enquiry . . . revealed him as the first great philosophic intelligence in American history"--DAB. Evans 7187; Grolier Hundred 11; Sabin 21930; Streeter sale VII:4164.