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An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke, Gent. The Third Edition. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, and Samuel Manship, 1695.
1719. The third edition, one of about 800 copies printed (Nidditch). The text is a line-by-line reprint of the second edition with minor adjustments. Yolton 63. Wing L2741. PROVENANCE: 'Ralph Willett (b. 1719), book-collector . matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1736 but did not take a degree. On his father's death in 1740 estates in the West India islands came to him, and for the rest of his life he was able to gratify his taste for books and pictures. Willett's library was remarkably rich in early-printed books and in specimens of block-printing. Many works were on vellum, and all were in the finest condition. A description of the library was printed in octavo, in French and English, in 1776 [and] a catalogue of the books in the library was distributed by Willett among his friends in 1790. He died without issue in 1795 . His library was sold by Leigh & Sotheby on 6 Dec. 1813, and the sale occupied seventeen days' (ODNB). Inserted loose is a letter typed on Eton College notepaper from the schoolmaster Raef Payne to Oscar Wood, philosophy tutor at Christ Church, Oxford, about the bookplate: ". it would be nice to find a link with a philosophical forebear" (January 1984). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Folio, engraved frontispiece portrait, [xxxix], 407, [11 + 1] pp., contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label, worn at corners and spine ends, joints cracked but firm, faint ownership inscription 'Ralph Willett' on title-page and later armorial bookplate of Ralph Willett Payne on pastedown, worm hole in upper margin running through first half o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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