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“THE FIRST MODERN ATTEMPT TO ANALYSE HUMAN KNOWLEDGE”

LOCKE, John. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. London, 1690.

Rare first edition, first issue, of Locke's remarkable study of the nature of knowledge, a fundamental work in the history of Western thought. Locke's investigation was continued by David Hume and Immanuel Kant; John Stuart Mill considered Locke to be the founder of the analytic philosophy of mind. An excellent, wide-margined copy of Locke's most famous work, a touchstone of the Age of Enlightenment, with extensive marginalia in a neat early hand indicating that this copy was well-read. $65,000.

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“THE MOST WORTHY… OF THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS”

LOCKE, John. Works. London, 1722. Three volumes.

1722 edition of the collected Works of Locke, who was ranked by Jefferson "with Bacon and Newton as the three greatest men that have ever lived," an impressive three folio volumes containing the exquisite copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue and full-page memorial plate, scarce in contemporary paneled calf boards. $8800.

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"THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO CREATE A WRITTEN CONSTITUTION"

LOCKE, John. Collection of Several Pieces. London, 1720.

First edition of this important posthumous collection, with the historic "first attempt to create a written constitution" (Streeter II) in Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, "here first 'printed from Mr. Locke's copy, wherein are several amendments made with his own hand'" (Pforzheimer 596). Also containing the first publication of four key essays, including Locke's Elements of Natural Philosophy, with full-page engraving of the Solar System, in contemporary paneled calf. $4200.

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FIRST APPEARANCE OF LOCKE'S CONDUCT OF THE UNDERSTANDING, INTENDED AS "THE LARGEST CHAPTER" OF HIS ESSAY ON HUMANE UNDERSTANDING

LOCKE, John. Posthumous Works. London, 1706.

First edition of Locke's Posthumous Works, featuring the first publication of his Conduct of the Understanding, once planned as "the largest chapter of my Essay [on Humane Understanding]," along with the first appearance of two works from his final years—Discourse of Miracles and his unfinished Fourth Letter on Toleration—together with Memoirs of Shaftsbury (1705), New Method (1686) and the first publication of Examination of P. Malebranche's Opinion. $2600.

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