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PRINCIPIA PHILOSOPHIAE
Amsterdam, apud Danielem Elzevirium, 1664.. Ultima editio cum optima collata, diligenter recognita, & mendis expurgata. With SPECIMINA PHILOSOPHIAE: seu Dissertatio de Methodo... Dioptrice, et Meteora. and PASSIONES ANIMAE. 3 parts in 1, 4th edition, 1664, each part with its own dated title page and separate pagination but continuous register. Latin text, small 4to, 200 x 155 mm, 8 x 6 inches, engraved portrait frontispiece, publisher's pictorial device on title page, numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations throughout the first 2 parts, some full page, pages (40), 222, (14), 248, (24), 92, (4), bound in full contemporary calf, blind rules to covers, raised bands and gilt rules to spine, gilt lettered morocco labels, red speckled edges. Some wear and scuffing to covers, lower corners worn, small piece of leather missing on lower cover, spine and hinges rubbed, surface cracks to spine, neat old repair to inner paper hinges, 3 small pale stains in 1 margin, otherwise contents very clean and bright, binding tight and firm. A very good copy of an early collected edition. RenĂ© Descartes (1596 – 1650) was a highly influential French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer. Dubbed the "Founder of Modern Philosophy", and the "Father of Modern Mathematics", much of subsequent western philosophy is a reaction to his writings, which have been closely studied from his time down to the present day. His influence in mathematics is also apparent, the Cartesian coordinate system used in plane geometry and algebra being named after him, and he was one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
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