“OF ALL GREAT HUMAN PRODUCTIONS, I NEVER ADMIRED ANY SO MUCH AS THE INIMITABLE WORKS OF THE IMMORTAL KANT”: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF BECK’S GUIDE TO KANTIAN PHILOSOPHY, UNCUT IN CONTEMPORARY BOARDS
(KANT, Immanuel) BECK, James [i.e., Jakob] Sigismund. The Principles of Critical Philosophy. London, Edinburgh and Hamburg: J. Johnson, W. Richardson; P. Hill, Manners and Miller; B.G. Hoffmann, 1797. Octavo, contemporary boards rebacked with half brown straight-grain morocco, uncut and largely unopened. $5800.
First edition in English (published the year after the first German edition) of this introduction to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant by one of his most fervent disciples, Jakob Sigismund Beck. A fine copy, uncut in contemporary boards.
Kant’s status “as the greatest philosopher of the last 300 years is well assured… It is not too much to say that all modern epistemology, metaphysics and even ethics is implicitly affected by the [philosophical] architecture he created” (Blackburn, 206). After studying under Kant, Jakob Beck went on to teach philosophy himself at Halle and Rostock. “He devoted himself to criticism and explanation of the doctrine of Kant, and in 1793 published [a three-volume] compendium of Kantian doctrine… [Later,] he published the Grundriss der krit. Philosophic (1796), containing an interpretation of the Kantian Kritik,” and here first translated into English, by John Richardson (Britannica). Lowndes, 1252. Graesse IV:4. See Edwards I:268.
Scattered faint foxing. Minor marginal restoration to half-title, particularly toward gutter. An outstanding copy in fine condition, scarce and most desirable in contemporary boards.