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SPINOZA, Benedict de].
Opera posthuma, quorum Series post Praefationem exhibetur.
[Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz]. Small 4to, pp. [xl], 614, [32] index, [2], 112, [8]; without the engraved frontispiece portrait, which was produced separately and 'which is found in only a very small number of copies' (Wolf); woodcut vignette on title; some light toning to a few pages, else a fine, crisp copy in recent leather-backed boards apparently commissioned by A.N.L. Munby (see below); contemporary ownership inscription (Samuel Parr, see below) to the title-page.First appearance of Spinoza's Ethic, his philosophical masterpiece, and first edition of the Opera posthuma, which 'have served, then and since, with the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, to immortalize his name' (PMM 153).The collection was published by Jan Rieuwertsz, an Amsterdam bookseller and friend of Spinoza, and edited by him together with the merchant Jarig Jelles, who probably wrote the preface. It contains the first publication of the Ethics. The remainder comprises the Tractatus Politicus– his last, unfinished production, which develops a theory of law and government akin to that of Hobbes; the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione, also unfinished; a selection of letters– restricted, owing to the dangers of publishing correspondence on questions of politics and theology; and, after an index, a Compendium Grammatices Linguae Hebraeae, paginated separately. The Opera Posthuma do not amount to all the previously unpublished works of Spinoza: the Treatise on the Rainbow is missing– it was thought lost, and not published until 1687– as is the early Tractatus de Deo et Homine Eiusque Felicitate, which prefig … [Click Below for Full Description]
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