A Superb Copy of Locke's Influential Work

    John Locke. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, in Four Books. The Third Edition. London: Awnsham and John Churchill and Samuel Manship, 1695. Third edition. Folio. [a]2, b6, a-c4, B-3F4, 3G-3I2. [40], 407, [12] pages. Frontispiece. portrait of Locke by Sylvester Brounower and P. Vanderbanck. Modern blue cloth over marbled boards, red morocco title-label, old owner's inscription penned over on top of title page, I1, large tear archivally repaired. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    John Locke (1632-1704), philosopher and fellow of the Royal Society, was the secretary and close associate of Ashby, the first Earl of Shaftsbury and Lord Chancellor. This "Essay" established him as the leading philosopher of his day, and together with letters upon religious toleration, provided the basis for Whig political thought for the next century and paved the way for the later philosophies of Bentham and the radicals. "His conclusion is that though knowledge must necessarily fall short of complete comprehension, it can at least be 'sufficient'; enough to convince us that we are not at the mercy of pure chance, and to some extent control our own destiny." [Printing & The Mind of Man.] Yoton notes that N. Petter Nidditch estimates that 800 copies of this edition were printed. Wing L2741. Yolton 63. Alston 7:79. Attig 230. Christophersen 27. ESTC r020221.

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