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Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung.
Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus,, 1819. Octavo (199 x 121 mm). Contemporary green half cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled paper boards. Folding table tipped in opposite page 73 and several diagrams in text. Faint trace of library stamp to title, occasional pencil annotations throughout. Extremities lightly worn, spine ends and corners bruised with some minor rubbing and discolouration to spine, upper edge of text block a little crushed, hinges strengthened with cloth tape; first two leaves professionally restored in the gutter, and a few discreet marginal repairs throughout, contents browned with some spotting and nicks to edges, a couple of tears to margins not affecting text such as those to leaf 12.4, overall a very good copy. First edition of Schopenhauer's principal work, The World as Will and Idea, in which he formulates a pessimistic philosophy, that had the greatest influence on modern thinking. This is one of 750 copies printed; as the book had little initial impact, very few copies still exist. "The notions which had been forming in his mind about man's nature and destiny now found expression, and the conviction that scientific explanation could never do more than systematize and classify the appearances which we call reality led him to assert that it is the will and the passions which are the real determinants of all intellectual life. He was studied by Wagner and Nietzsche, both of whom paid tribute to the influence he had on them; and Herbert Spencer did much to spread the knowledge of his theories" (PMM).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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