An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding: In Four Books.

"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKER OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT": IMPORTANT SECOND EDITION OF JOHN LOCKE'S AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING

An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding: In Four Books.

LOCKE, John.

$3,500.00

Item Number: 117742

London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, at the Black-Swan in Pater-Noster Row, and Samuel Manship, at the Ship in Cornhill, near the Royal-Exchange, 1694.

Rare second edition this fundamental work in the history of Western thought, the first to name Locke as the author and include the frontispiece portrait of him. Folio, bound in in full speckled calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, gilt turn-ins, engraved frontispiece portrait of Locke. The second edition contains a number of important changes and additions to the text. It was  In near fine condition. An exceptional example.

The second edition of Locke's essay contains a number of important changes and additions to the text. It was the first to name Locke as the author and include the frontispiece portrait of him. "It is Locke's second edition of the 'Essay on Human Understanding' that is the masterpiece we remember; the first, 1690, edition did not bear Locke's name, nor did it include a number of emendations that finished the work as Locke wanted it" (Matthews, Collecting Rare Books, 97). "Locke was the first to take up the challenge of Bacon and to attempt to estimate critically the certainty and the adequacy of human knowledge when confronted with God and the universe" (PMM 164).

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