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An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke, Gent. The Fourth Edition, with Large Additions.
- Complete with fine engraved frontispiece portrait by Vanderbanck after Brounower, [40], 226, 233-438, [12]pp., [with the usual error in paging with pp.227-232 omitted and some pages misnumbered, these being 91/92 as p.93/94; p.95/96 numeration duplicated; p.371 as p.317; p.380 as p.390; p.381 as p.391]. This copy with 8 preliminary contents leaves (being signatures b-c) also in duplicate one set being erroneously sewn in after Epistle. * This copy also, very intriguingly, has, inserted loose, a copy of the first 4 pages of Book I Chapter I, transcribed on two folio manuscript leaves in a fine unidentified early 18thC hand. * Tall folio, a fine and attractive copy in contemporary spotted calf, spine elaborately gilt in compartments between raised bands with red leather label, front hinge professionally and almost invisibly restored, boards with gilt fillets, London: printed for Awnsham and John Churchill., and Samuel Manship, 1700. * PROVENANCE: With the 18thC signature of Robert Maxwell on the first blank flyleaf and his elaborate 18thC engraved armorial bookplate reading "Robert Maxwell of Finnebrogue" [County Down, Northern Ireland] on verso of title. Finnebrogue House, still standing, dates back to 1623 and is the oldest inhabited house in Northern Ireland. *This is the penultimate lifetime edition of Locke's major work and the last lifetime edition issued with the fine portrait, and - other than the first - the most important edition, since it has the significant addition by Locke of the chapter on the association of ideas (Book II Chapter XXXIII), as well as a chapter on enthusiasm, (Book IV Chapter XIX), as well as additions to Book III.vi.26 and Book IV.xii.6. *"Locke's chapter title -- though not his actual discussion of the subject -- is the origin of associationism, as elaborated much later by Hartley, Hume, James Mill, and Bain and, mistaken interpretation or not, is consensually regarded as the Ursprung of experimental psychology as opposed to merely speculative philosophical psychology." GM #4967; PMM #164; Wing L2742. * Locke (1632-1704) took up Bacon's challenge "to estimate critically the certainty and adequacy of human knowledge when confronted with God and the universe" (Lilly Library, Printing and the Mind of Man, 148). It is a study that has "remained fundamental to philosophical discussion ever since" (op. cit.). Leclerc called the fourth edition the "best edition."
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