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KANT, Immanuel.]
Träume eines Geistersehers, erläutert durch Träume der Metaphysik.
Königsberg: Johann Jacob Kanter, 1766. Small octavo (156 x 90 mm). Contemporary half sheep, red spine label, raised bands, sprinkled boards, edges red. Early library label to front free endpaper of Karl Herrmann Heinke, shelfmark above, "Heinke" neatly handwritten in ink on the facing pastedown. Title page contemporaneously annotated in ink to identify author, "von" still visible, "I. Kant" slip pasted over earlier inked name, looping decoration inked under imprint, small ink annotation on final page of text in same hand as "Heinke". Extremities lightly worn, discreet early paper repair to head of spine, label darkened and a chip to third compartment, endpapers browned from turn-ins, contents crisp and evenly browned, title leaf more so. Overall a very good copy in a pleasing contemporary binding. Engraved title page vignette ("seated genius" ornament), headpiece. First edition, first issue, of Kant's curious treatise examining the concept of a world of spirits, published anonymously, and written in response to the fantastic spiritualist claims of Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg. It is commercially scarce, recorded as having appeared just three times at auction, none of which were copies of the first issue as here. Dreams of a Spirit-Seer has been variously interpreted by contemporary reviewers and modern scholars. Herder and Mendelssohn read it as definitively anti-metaphysical and the result of Kant's personal vendetta against Swedenborg; 19th-century Neo-Kantians focussed on its importance as a guide to his thinking on the relationship between the mind and the body; mo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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