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“Of All Great Human Productions,

I Never Admired Any So Much As The

Inimitable Works Of The Immortal Kant”

7. (KANT, Immanuel) BECK, James.

The

Principles of Critical Philosophy.

London,

Edinburgh and Hamburg, 1797. Octavo, con-

temporary boards rebacked with half brown

straight-grain morocco.

$5800.

First edition in English (published the year

after the first German edition) of this intro-

duction to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant

by one of his most fervent disciples.

Kant’s

Critick of Pure Reason was added to the Index

Librorum Prohibitorum in 1827.

After studying under Kant, Beck went on

to teach philosophy himself at Halle and

Rostock. Fine.

“Paramount In The Critical Method

Of Modern Philosophy”

6. KANT, Immanuel.

Critick of Pure Reason.

London, 1838. Octavo,

period-style full green morocco gilt.

$4700.

First edition in English of Kant’s major work.

Added to the Catholic

Church's Index in 1827 for its assertion that reason can neither confirm

nor deny the existence of God; also banned in the Soviet Union in 1928

for metaphysical themes inconsistent with Marxist-Leninist ideology;

and removed from the libraries of Franco's Spain in 1939, just one of

many “such disgraceful writers” (Bald, p. 286).

The first of his three Critiques, Kant’s

Critick of Pure Reason

(first pub-

lished in German in 1781), represents the “full maturity” of his philo-

sophical thought. It treats the problem of “how it is possible for the

individual thinking subject to connect together the parts of his expe-

rience in the form we call cognition… The influence of Kant is par-

amount in the critical method of modern philosophy” (PMM 226). A

beautiful copy.

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