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Typescript of Lecture Notes given in the session of 1933-34, commonly known as "The Blue Book".
Cambridge: After 1934 - Foolscap sheets and a quarto notebook (297 × 210 and 252 × 200 mm), pp. 29 and 7-96. Carbon typed sheets, printed on rectos only in two paginated series of 29 and 96 leaves; the first part on foolscap paper watermarked "G R Co", loose, the second part on unmarked paper, stab-stitched in grey-blue card covers, cloth spine, the whole preserved in a custom made morocco-backed cloth box. Slight rustmark from a paperclip to the upper inner corner of the foolscap sheets, one or two short tears, occasional manuscript corrections to the typescript in ink and in pencil, with two leaves of pencil notes loosely inserted into the notebook. Rare and of exceptional interest, one of a small number of mimeographed copies of notes which Wittgenstein dictated to his class in Cambridge, and which, from the colour of its binding, came to be known as the Blue Book. According to professor Brian McGuinness, this copy was probably intended for either Moritz Schlick, the founding father of, or Friedrich Waismann, one of the key theorists in, logical positivism and the Vienna Circle. Divided into two fascicles, this marks it as one of the first copies produced of "The Blue Book". Wittgenstein dictated the "Blue Book" (though he did not call it that) to his class in Cambridge during the session 1933-34, and he had stencilled copies made. In a letter of 11 December 1933, Wittgenstein wrote to W. H. Watson: "I am lecturing a good deal and have adopted a method which I think is the right one for me. I explain things to my pupils and then dictate to them short formulations of what we've been discussing and of the results. These are then typed and duplicated so that each man can get a clean copy. In case you should be interested to have a copy so as to see what we're doing just let me know." (Wittgenstein in Cambridge, p. 216). And in a letter to Bertrand Russell in 1935 he similarly wrote "Two years ago, or so, I promised you to send you a M.S. of mine. Now the one I'm sending you today isn't that M.S. I'm still pottering about with it and God knows whether I will ever publish it, or any of it. But two years ago I held some lectures in Cambridge and dictated some notes to my pupils so that they might have something to carry home with them, in their hands if not in their brains. And I had these notes duplicated. I have just now been correcting misprints and other mistakes in some of the copies and the idea came into my mind whether you might not like to have a copy. So I'm sending you one. I don't wish to suggest that you should read the lectures; but if you should have nothing better to do and if you should get some mild enjoyment out of them I would be very pleased indeed. (I think it is very difficult to understand them, as so many points are just hinted at. They were meant only for the people who heard the lectures.) As I say, if you don't read them it doesn't matter at all." (ibid., p. 250). In fact, Wittgenstein had initially been quite upset when two of his students, H.S.M. Coxeter and Margaret Masterman, had taken it upon themselves, following the acquisition of a Roneo duplicator, to prepare stencilled versions of his first six lectures. In January 1934 the Moral Science Faculty Board, following a discussion between Wittgenstein and Moore, approved a grant for the duplication of notes for the use of Wittgenstein's students. Regarding the present set of notes, divided into two fascicles, professor Brian McGuinness notes that "the many subsequent retypings or reissues are in a single fascicle. The second fascicle of the two-volume sets was obviously prepared after the issue of the first volume and was found to overlap it by 6 or so numbered pages. These have been excised in all known cases [as is the case here]. The explanation may be that the lecture notes from Michaelmas 1933 were duplicated by H.S.M. Coxeter and Margaret Masterman, while the remaining lectures were duplicated on behalf of the Moral Sciences Faculty . and the second duplication exce [Attributes: First Edition]
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