Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Third Edition of The Works of John Locke

    John Locke. The Works of John Locke, Esq. In Three Volumes. London: Printed for Arthur Bettesworth, et al., 1727. Third collected edition. Three folio volumes. Approximately 12 x 7.75 inches. [iv], [xxx], 575, [1, blank], [16, Index]; [ii], 671, [13, Index]; [vi], 668, [15, Index], [1, blank] pages. With portrait frontispiece and engraved Latin epitaph inserted into volume I. Contemporary full paneled calf, boards ruled and paneled in black, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, six raised bands, text speckled red at edges. Joints cracking a bit (yet still quite solid), several hinges just starting, some wear to bindings, minor occasional thumbsoiling in text. Still, a near fine copy, with the text quite fresh. From the collection of Isaac Fletcher (1714-1781, "Yeoman, Quaker, Merchant and Lawyer") and his son, John (1758-1830), with their bookplates in each volume.
    This excellent edition of Locke's Works includes all of his major works, including An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises of Government, Letter Concerning Toleration, etc. John Locke (1632-1704) "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. In the past, similar enquiries had been vitiated by the human propensity to extend them beyond the range of human understanding, and to invent causes for what it cannot explain. Therefore, Locke's first task was to ascertain 'the original certainty and extent of human knowledge' and, excluding 'the physical consideration of the mind, to show how far it can comprehend the universe'. 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 can to some extent control our own destiny." (Printing and the Mind of Man).
    Printing and the Mind of Man, 164 (the first edition). Palgrave, p. 633.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 364

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 20 days left to consign to the 2018 November 1 - 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction Featuring The Armstrong Family Collection Part I!

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $614,788