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[PHAEDON AND LAVATER] SEVEN TRACTS OF THE LAVATER-MENDELSSOHN CONTROVERSY, 1770-1771. [BOUND WITH] PHAEDON; ODER, UBER DIE UNSTERBLICHKEIT DER SEELE IN DREY GESPRÄCHEN
Berlin; Stettin, Bey F. Nicolai. 1767. Later full leather. 12mo. 14; 68; 16; 48; 112; 132; 64; [12], 309, [1]; pages. 17 cm. First edition (of Phaedon, and all tracts) . In German. With frontispiece portrait of the author. Moses Mendelssohn’s chief philosophical work, "Phädon" (1767) ; on the immortality of the soul, which follows Plato's dialogue of the same name. “The ‘Phädon’ was the most widely read book of its time. Its special charm was its elegant and lucid style. Never before in Germany had philosophical questions been treated in such clear language; so that his contemporaries with justice called him the ‘German Plato. ’ The ‘Phädon’ is one of the best productions of classic German prose; it was reprinted fifteen times and translated into nearly all the European languages, while a number of Hebrew versions were made. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Bound with a collection of the major letters of the 1770 Lavater Controversy; each contains original title page (various publishers, 1770) ; starting with the “Zueignungs-Schreiben des Herrn Lavaters in Zürich an Herrn Moses Mendelssohn in Berlin”, Lavater’s dedicatory epistle of his translation of Bonnet, publicly challenging Mendelssohn to refute the book publicly, which began the controversy; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Diaconus Lavater zu Zürich” (Mendelssohn’s response) ; followed by “Gedanken über die Zumuthung Lavaters an Moses Mendelssohn ein Christ zu warden” (Lavater’s reply) ; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Moses Mendelssohn über die Lavaterische und Kölbelische Angelegenheiten gegen Herrn Mendelssohn” (Kolbele’s first attck) ; followed by “Schreiben an den Herrn Diaconus Lavater zu Zu¨rich” (Hesse’s letter) ; followed by “Zweytes Schreiben an Herrn Moses Mendelssohn insonderheit u¨ber den ehemahligen Mendelssohnischen Deismus” (Kolbe’s second attack, charging Mendelssohn as a deist) ; with, finally the 1771 “Rede bey der Taufe zweyer Berlinischen Jsraeliten so durch Veranlassung der Lavater und Mendelsohinschen Streitschriften zum wahren Christenthum übergetreten. Samt einem kurzen Vorberichte” by Lavater. Bound in later full leather, with gilt title on spine. Subjects: Immortality. Socrates. Judaism - Apologetic works. Lavater Controversy. Less than 18 copies of each of the Lavater letters on OCLC; in some cases OCLC lists only a single one of these letters. Phaedon lacks pages 23-26. Light rubbing to edges of leather, light foxing in margins on a few pages throughout, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (KH-1-7) .
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