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Some Familiar Letters - LOCKE John - 1708. [1273642]
1708 - LOCKE, John. Some Familiar Letters Between Mr. Locke, and Several of his Friends. London: A. and J. Churchill, 1708. Octavo, contemporary full brown panelled calf rebacked, raised bands, red morocco spine label. $1600.First edition of this important posthumous collection of Locke's letters"""of considerable interest to students of the development of Locke's philosophical works"""scarce in contemporary calf."Shortly after Locke's death, correspondents began publishing Locke's letters. The first authorized collection was Some Familiar Letters" (Holton, 385). This signal volume contains many that "are of considerable interest to students of the development of Locke's philosophical works," and also offers his "interesting comments on Sir Richard Blackmore, Leibnitz, Le Clerc and others." Letters notably features Locke's correspondence with William Molyneux and Philippo van Limborch (with whom he communicates in Latin). Molyneux, an important philosopher in his own right, "was not only a friend of Locke but also a helpful critic of his philosophical works" (Pforzheimer, 635). In many ways, Molyneux was "Locke's most enthusiastic disciple. He sent him many suggestions for improvements in the Essay on Human Understanding and his affection was fully returned by his master." It was to Molyneux that Locke spoke of the progress of his writing, observing: "He that follows truth impartially seldom pleases any set of men." While in Holland Locke also came to value the friendship of van Limborch; "They sympathized upon religious questions, and kept up an affectionate correspondence during Locke's life" (DNB). Mispagination as issued (470 for 370) without loss of text; L3 signed K3. Text in English, Latin and French. Lowndes, 1380. Pforzheimer 611. Yolton 346. Minor edge-wear to front free endpaper, slight rubbing to boards. A highly desirable near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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