was the first attempt on a great scale, and
in the Baconian spirit, to estimate critically the certainty and the ade-
quacy of human knowledge” (Fraser).
with “printed by Eliz.
Holt” in the imprint on the title page (rather than “sold by Edw. Mory”).
“Peter Nidditch has estimated about 900 copies were published, chiefly
of the Holt issue. But it is possible there were as few as 500” (Yolton,
69–70). PMM 164. Marginal ink notes in an early, neat, and legible hand
on virtually every page of the first three (of four) books, indicating
that this copy was very carefully read and studied. Text generally quite
clean, period-style calf near-fine. An excellent wide-margined copy of
“The great question which, in all
ages, has disturbed mankind, and
brought on them the greatest part
of their mischiefs ... has been, not
whether be power in the world, nor
whence it came, but who should