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An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision. The Second Edition
Dublin: Printed by Aaron Rhames, for Jeremy Pepyat 1709 [i.e., 1710] Second edition of Berkeley's first major work, significantly revised. "The whole text (B1-Ccb) has been reset and changes have been made; the chief of these are modifications in sections VII and XII...and the addition of a long passage to section LXXIII...Berkeley also added an Appendix [pp. 191-8] intended to answer the objections of Dr. William King, Archbishop of Dublin. Berkeley told Percival in a letter dated 1 March 1709/10 that the first edition of the book was not released for publication until this second edition was ready, the publisher fearing he had not printed enough copies of the first..." (Keynes 2). Contemporary paneled calf. Joints cracked, but cords sound, binding extremities rubbed, intermittent old dampstaining at foremargin. Octavo. With the final blank. Diagrams in text. Contemporary armorial bookplate of the Castle Menzies Library, bookplate of Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971), the English physicist and Fellow of the Royal Society. A good copy with an interesting provenance. The subject of A New Theory of Vision is announced by the author in his first sentence: 'My Design is to shew the manner, wherein we perceive by Sight the Distance, Magnitude, and Situation of Objects. Also to consider the Difference there is betwixt the Ideas of Sight and Touch, and whether there be any Idea common to both Senses.' The treatise laid the foundation for Berkeley's doctrine of immaterialism, though this word was not used" (Keynes, Bibliography of George Berkeley, p. 3).
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