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    First Publication of Locke's Work
    "Of the Conduct of the Understanding"

    John Locke. Posthumous Works...Viz. I, Of the Conduct of the Understanding. II, An Examination of P. Malebranche's Opinion of Seeing all things in God. III. A Discourse of Miracles. IV. Part of a Fourth Letter for Toleration. V. Memoirs relating to the Life of Anthony first Earl of Shaftsbury. To which is added, VI, His New Method of a Common-Place-Book... London: W.[illiam] B.[owyer] for A.[nshawm] and J.[ohn Churchill], 1706. First edition. Octavo. A2, B-Y8. [4], 336 pages. Nineteenth century half calf over cloth, spine banded, decorated in blind, title-label lightly chipped, edges red, marbled endpapers, previous owner's ink stamp on front fly-leaf, foxing, title page and following leaf slightly shaved, text block has small margins and may have been trimmed, otherwise a crisp copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "The Conduct was written as part of 'some additions to my book [the Essay], against the next edition, and within these few days have fallen upon a subject that I know not how far it will lead me...but the matter, the farther I go, opens the more upon me, and I cannot yet get sight of any end of it. The title of the chapter will be Of the 'Conduct of the Understanding', which, if I shall pursue, as far as I imagine it will reach, and as it deserves, will, I conclude, make the largest chapter of my Essay...' Locke did not complete his revisions or incorporate it in the Essay. In this collection is its first published appearance." - Yolton.      

    ESTC t148785. Pforzheimer 609. Yolton 299. Attig 724. Chistophersen 12.

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