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BELL, James. Influence of Physical Research on Mental Philosophy. Being the essay which gained the Edinburgh University Prize, proposed to the students of sessions 1836-7 and 1837-8. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black. 1839. Small 8vo: xii, 124 pp. Contemporary straight-grained morocco, by Orrock & Romanes of Edinburgh, with their ticket, contrasting label, scuffed at extremities. With the engraved bookplate of Emma Grierson Yorstoun. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on front free endpaper. First edition.
James Bell, student of divinity, was awarded a £50 prize for this essay.
(BENTHAM) COHEN, Victor. Jeremy Bentham. Fabian Society, April 1927. 20 pp. Original printed front wrapper present. First edition.
Fabian Biographical Series No. 11. Fabian Tract No. 221.
BÜCHNER, Louis. Science et Nature, Essais de Philosophie et de Science Naturelle. Traduit de l'Allemand, avec autorisation de l'auteur, par Augustin Delondre. Paris: Germer Ballière. 1866. Small 8vo, two volumes in one: viii, 231; [iv], 241 pp; scattered foxing. Contemporary red quarter morocco gilt with marbled boards.
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CAIRD, Edward. A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant. With an historical introduction. Glasgow: James Maclehose. 1877. xx, 673 pp., pencilled notes to rear blank; library stamp and bookplates to front endpapers. Contemporary full vellum gilt, red morocco label to spine, central gilt armorial to each cover, slightly soiled on spine. First edition.
Caird's first book, in which he sought "to explain the Critical Philosophy in its relation to the general development of Philosophy, and especially to the stages of that development which immediately preceded it." (Preface).
CLIFFORD, William Kingdon. Lectures and Essays. Edited by Leslie Stephen and Frederick Pollock. In two volumes. London: Macmillan and Co. 1879. Two volumes: portrait frontispiece to each, [iv], 340; [iv], 321 pp. plus 32-page publishers catalogue; untrimmed. Ex-library with ink stamp to verso of title-pages and to first and last leaves of text. Original cloth, recased with original backstrips relaid. First edition.
With ownership inscription in each volume of A. Sidgwick, Oxford, 1879.
COGAN, Thomas. Ethical Questions; or Speculations on the Principal Subjects of Controversy in Moral Philosophy. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies [etc]. 1817. vi [ii], 439 pp; scattered foxing particularly to first and last few leaves, two library stamps to title-page and first leaf of preface. Recent good-quality panelled calf, raised bands and contrasting label. First edition.
Speculation 5 criticises Beattie; Speculation 6 criticises Hume's "Enquiry into the Human Understanding", section by section. (Fieser, "A Bibliography of Hume's Writings and Early Responses, p.148).
COGAN, Thomas. Theological Disquisitions; or, an Enquiry into those Principles of Religion, which are most influential in Directing and Regulating the Passions and Affections of the Mind. I.Disquisition - on Natural Religion. II.Disquisition - on the Jewish Dispensation, respecting Religion and Morals. London: printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies. 1812. xvi, 487 pp; title-page and final leaf browned, occasional browning or light water-staining; small tear to margin of p.vii/viii. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, contrasting label. First edition.
The second disquisition, "On the Characteristic Peculiarities of the Jewish Dispensation, respecting Religion and Morals" occupies the majority of the work, from p.61 onwards. This work was also published as volume 4 of Cogan's "A Treatise on the Passions and Affections of the Mind".
COLLINGWOOD, W.Gershom. Astrology in the Apocalypse, an Essay on Biblical Allusions to Chaldaean Science. Orpington, Kent: George Allen. 1886. Small 8vo: viii (without front endpaper), 150 pp. plus advertisement leaf. Original cloth, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition. Scarce.
In the prefatory note, Collingwood (1854-1932, father of R.G. Collingwood) expresses his thanks to John Ruskin for the gift of a library of rare books on the subject of the text.
COMTE, Auguste. Appel aux Conservateurs. Paris: chez l'Auteur … et chez Victor Dalmont. August 1855. xxxi, 136 pp., 3 folding tables; original printed wrappers bound in, also extra blank leaves bound in - some with pencilled notes; all edges gilt. Later good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, a little rubbed at extremities; a handsome copy. First edition.
COMTE, Auguste. Catéchisme Positiviste, ou Sommaire Exposition de la Religion Universelle, en Onze Entretiens Systématiques entre une Femme et un Pretre de l'Humanité. Paris: chez l'Auteur et Carilian-Goeury & Vor Dalmont. October 1852. xli[i], 5 pp. ads., 388 pp., 3 folding tables plus 2 single-page; some foxing; untrimmed. Bound in later cloth, rubbed and some wear, partially split on front joint, with original printed wrappers bound in. First edition.
Comte's self-published work, which interrupted the writing of 'System of Positive Polity' (1851-54).
COMTE, Auguste. Lettres a des Positivistes Anglais. London: Church of Humanity. 1889. Small 8vo: 94 pp., original printed front wrapper bound in, all edges gilt. Contemporary (or slightly later) good quality dark green morocco gilt, a little rubbed on spine. First edition.
Comprises 30 letters sent between 1855 and 1869 - 27 to John Fisher, 2 to Alexander J. Ellis, and one to "un Positiviste Anglais".
COMTE, Auguste. Lettres d'Auguste Comte a John Stuart Mill 1841-1846. Paris: Ernest Leroux. 1877. x, 462 pp; all edges gilt. Later good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, a little rubbed at extremities; overall a handsome copy. First edition.
"The correspondence ….. which lasted from 1841 to 1846, is of considerable philosophical interest. In his first letter, Mill presents himself almost as a follower of Comte and recalls how, some ten years before, it had been the reading of Comte's 1822 work that had liberated him from the influence of Bentham. But the tone of the letters, while remaining friendly, soon changes. Mill does not hesitate to voice objections to the exclusion of psychology from the classification of the sciences and to Comte's conception of biology. In particular, Mill had strong reservations about Gall's phrenology, while Comte endorsed it, and proposed to replace it by ethology. Their disagreements crystallize around ‘la question féminine’,that is the status of women in society, where it is possible to see how epistemological and political considerations are linked (Guillin 2007)."
COMTE, Auguste. Lettres d'Auguste Comte a M. Valat, Professeur de Mathématiques … 1815-1844. Paris: Dunod. July 1870. vii, 350 pp; all edges gilt. Contemporary good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, slightly rubbed, a handsome copy. First edition.
The change in Comte’s personal feelings toward Saint-Simon can best be followed in his correspondence with his friend Valat (1870), which shows how much he was initially stimulated by Saint-Simon and how he later withdrew from the relationship. One difference was revealed by Comte himself in his correspondence with Valat when he asserted that Saint-Simon’s advocacy of political action before the scientific system of positivism had been sufficiently developed was putting the cart before the horse.
COMTE, Auguste. Systeme de Politique Positive, ou Traité de Sociologie, instituant la Religion de l'Humanité. Paris: Carilian-Goeury & Vor Dalmont/[P. Larousse et Cie]. 1851-1854 [reprinted 1879-1883]. Four volumes: [iv], 24, xl, 748; xxxv, 472; l, 624; xxxviii[ii], 566, iv, 228, 36 pp., folding tables; occasional manuscript notes to endpapers; all edges gilt. Near contemporary good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, raised bands, rubbed, chipped at toop and bottom of spines.
The 'Appendice Général' is separately paginated within vol. IV.
COMTE, Auguste. Traité Elémentaire de Géométrie Analytique a deux et a trois dimensions, contenant toutes les théories générales de géeométrie accessibles a l'analyse ordinaire. Paris: Carilian-Goeury & Vor Dalmont, editeurs. Imprimerie de Fain et Thunot. 1843. viii, 598 pp., plus 3 folding tables; some scattered foxing or light browning; all edges gilt. Later good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, slightly rubbed at extremities. First edition.
Comte's only mathematical work.
COMTE, Auguste. Traité Philosophique d'Astronomie Populaire, ou Exposition Systématique de toutes les notions de philosophie astronomique, soit scientifiques, soit logiques, qui doivent devenir universellement familieres. Paris: Carilian-Goeury & Vor Dalmont, éditeurs/Fain & Thunot. 1844. x, 486 pp. plus folding table, scattered foxing; all edges gilt. Later good-quality dark green morocco gilt by P. Delacour, slightly rubbed. First edition.
Prefaced with 'Sur l'Esprit Positif' (108 pp.) - this discourse marked a sharp change of direction by its emphasis on the moral dimension of the new philosophy: now that the sciences had been systematized, Comte was able to return to his initial interest, political philosophy.
(COMTE) SPENCER, Herbert. Reasons for Dissenting from the Philosophy of M. Comte. A new edition, with an appendix. London: Williams & Norgate. 1884. 30 pp., with two small library stamps to title-page; unbound.
[COPLESTON, Edward]. A Letter to John Coker, of New College, Esq. on his Second Edition of Reflections on the late Election of a Chancellor of the University of Oxford/A Second Letter to John Coker …….... Oxford: sold by J. Parker. 1810 / An Answer to a Letter, addressed by the Rev. Edward Copleston, to John Coker Esq. upon the Subject of his Reflections, on the late Election of a Chancellor …. Maidstone: J. Blake. . 20/22/28 pp. respectively; some browning to the margins. Disbound. First editions.
Copleston (1776-1849), was elected professor of poetry at Oriel College in 1802, provost of Oriel college in 1814, and bishop of Llandaff from 1827; he wrote on education, economics and theology, and was a regular contributor to the 'Quarterly Review' between 1811 and 1822. He admired the work of Dugald Stewart, and introduced the work of the late Scottish Enlightenment to Oxford, and so too to the first Oxford political economists Nassau Senior and Richard Whately.
DE MORGAN, Augustus. A Budget of Paradoxes. (Reprinted, with the author's additions, from the 'Athenaeum'). London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1872. vii[i], 511 pp., plus publisher's 24-page catalogue dated March 1872; some light foxing; untrimmed, new endpapers. Original blue cloth, rebacked with original spine relaid. First edition.
Presentation copy, with letter
[EDMOND, E]. Scottish Metaphysics, Reconstructed in Accordance with the Principles of Physical Science. By the writer of 'Free Notes on Herbert Spencer's First Principles. Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1887. Small 8vo: xiv, 244 pp. Original red cloth, faded on spine. First edition. Scarce.
Presentation copy from the author to Miss Allan, inscribed on half-title and dated 1887. With a letter (three sides of a folded quarto sheet), dated December 1887, addressed to Miss Allan, signed "E. Edmond", offering advice on how to study metaphysics. "You see I have been obliged in this book to state a good deal of the old artificial system, along with the proposed natural system, ... but it requires a new volume simply to state the natural system. This I cannot afford to spend money upon. For such books do not sell, except they are done by or recommended by, a Professor or other grand man. Still, to try and make my present one useful, I have asked Blackwood to send copies to the public libraries in the kingdom, where some person, not yet drilled in the old grooves, may come to appreciate it, and at last bring it into notice and repute. Thus the Americans first brought Carlyle into notice." Edmond was also the author of "Oxford Metaphysics and Ethics" (1889).
Animosity over the logic chair at Edinburgh
(FERRIER) CAIRNS, John. An Examination of Professor Ferrier's 'Theory of Knowing and Being'. Second edition. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable and Co. 1856. 31 pp., bound with The Scottish Philosophy: a Vindication and Reply. Edinburgh: Thomas Constable and Co. 1856. 26 pp., bound with Cairns's Electioneering Pamphlet on the Logic Chair. From the Edinburgh Advertiser. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons. 1856. 16 pp. The three works bound together in modern marbled boards.
Cairns writes against J.F. Ferrier's candidature for the Edinburgh chair, since his success "would involve the summary and sweeping reversal of all that Hamilton counted worthy of adoption". The second pamphlet is a reply to J. Smith's "An examination of Cairns' examination of Ferrier". Jessop, p.124.
GODWIN, William. History of the Commonwealth of England. From its Commencement, to the Restoration of Charles the Second. London: printed for Henry Colburn. 1824-1828. Four volumes: xvi, 496; xvi, 696; xvi, 599; xvi, 608 pp; some foxing. Later good quality red half calf gilt, raised bands, contrasting labels, some wear on corners, but a handsome set. First edition.
"He was the first writer to make a thorough use of the pamphlets in the Museum and other original documents. His thoroughness and accuracy made his book superior to its predecessors, and it is useful, though in some directions superseded by later information" (Leslie Stephen's article in "Dictionary of National Biography").
GOSCHEN, Right Hon. George Joachim. The Cultivation and Use of Imagination. London: Edward Arnold. 1893. 96 pp; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed. First edition.
Goschen (1831-1907), statesman, is known for his "Theory of the Foreign Exchanges", 1861.
GROTE, George. Posthumous Papers: comprising selections from familiar correspondence during half a century; some youthful compositions ... with portions of mss. notes, and extracts from authors ancient and modern .... edited by Mrs. Grote (for private circulation). London: printed by William Clowes and Sons. 1874. xi[i], 267 pp., untrimmed and partly unopened. Original cloth, very slightly frayed at top and bottom of spine. First edition.
George Grote (1794-1871), historian and older brother of John Grote, moral philosopher and epistemologist; Harriet, his wife, died in 1878, aged 80.
HALLE, Hughes Fraser. Exact Philosophy: Books First and Second. London: Effingham Wilson. 1848. xxvi[ii], 212 pp., occasional foxing; untrimmed and partly unopened. Original blind stamped cloth, gilt lettering to spine, partly split at head and base of joints. First edition. Rare.
Halle (1808-1886) was also the author of the articles on "Hume's Essay" and "Schism" in the "Britannic Censor of European Philosophy" (1844). "Exact Philosophy" includes chapters on "Further Illustrations of a Scientific Disregard of the Laws of Exact Reasoning", "Legendary Physics, as exhibited by Auguste Comte's Negative Sophistry", "Grand Cause of the General Discordance of Human Thought", "Remarkable Defects in Euclid's Logic", "Formal Logic and Exact Logic", "Laws of Positive or Exact Logic", etc.
Original issues of the official Hegelian journal
[HEGEL]. Jahrbücher fur wissenschaftliche Kritik. Herausgegeben von der Societät für wissenschaftliche Kritik zu Berlin. Jahrgang 1833, Erster/Zweiter Band; Jahrgang 1835, Erster/Zweiter Band; Jahrgang 1836, Erster/Zweiter Band; Jahrgang 1837, Erster/Zweiter Band; Jahrgang 1838, Zweiter Band; Jahrgang 1839, Erster/Zweiter Band. Stuttgart & Tübingen/Berlin: Cotta/Duncker & Humblot. 1833-1839. Quarto. 11 volumes in all. Vol.1838/2 lacking issues 61-64 and 103-105 inclusive, Vol.1839/2 lacking issues 84-86 inclusive. Oval ink library stamp to title-page of some volumes; occasional foxing, some damp staining in 1837/1. Contemporary boards, some wear, except the two volumes for 1837 in modern boards.
The "Jahrbücher fur wissenschaftliche Kritik" is one of the most important academic journals of the nineteenth century, and original issues are extremely scarce. The Societät fur wissenschaftliche Kritik (society for scientific criticism) was formed in July 1826 in Hegel's own home; it had three divisions -- philosophical, natural scientific, and philosophical-historical. The Society's members constituted the original "old Hegelians". The "Jahrbücher" appeared as the official Hegelian journal and were largely responsible for developing the Hegelian followers into a coherent school by providing a recognisable form to unite various strands. The journal ran from 1827-1846, and was reprinted in its entirety in 1996.
(HEGEL) ROSENKRANZ, Karl. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's Leben .... Supplement zu Hegel's Werken. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. 1844. Engraved portrait frontispiece, xxxv[i], 566 pp,  pp. advertisements; occasional underlining/marginal notes, scattered spotting. Original cloth, some wear to top and bottom of spine, joints rubbed. First edition.
(HEGEL) SCRYMGOUR, E.P. Hegel's Philosophical Position, with two other essays on the Real Essence of Religion and on Desire and Will. London: Harrison and Sons. 1891. 27 pp; unbound. First edition.
The essay on Hegel occupies pages 3-14.
HERSCHEL, John F.W. Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, with Addresses and Other Pieces. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts. 1857. iv, 750 pp; title-page and final leaf browned. Original cloth, lettered in gilt, rubbed. First edition.
Includes papers by Whewell, von Humboldt, Quetelet, as well as by Herschel, and others.
JEVONS, W. Stanley. Pure Logic and other Minor Works. Edited by Robert Adamson ... and Harriet A. Jevons. With a Preface by Professor Adamson. London: Macmillan and Co. 1890. xxii[iii], 299 pp., with 3 full-page diagrams bound between pages 156 and 157; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed, with some wear to extremities, joints starting to split. First edition.
JEVONS, W. Stanley. The Coal Question; An Inquiry concerning the Progress of the Nation, and the Probable Exhaustion of our Coal-Mines. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co. 1865. xix[i] - including frontispiece, 349 pp. plus advertisement leaf; perforated library stamp to title-page and final leaf of text; untrimmed. Original cloth, rubbed. First edition.
The frontispiece graph shows the 'Supposed future consumption of Coal' to the year 2000.
In The Coal Question, Jevons covered a breadth of concepts on energy depletion that have recently been revisited by writers covering the subject of peak oil. For example, Jevons explained that improving energy efficiency typically reduced energy costs and thereby increased rather than decreased energy use, an effect now known as Jevons paradox. The Coal Question remains a paradigmatic study of resource depletion theory. Jevons's son, H. Stanley Jevons, published an 800-page follow-up study in 1915 in which the difficulties of estimating recoverable reserves of a theoretically finite resource are discussed in detail. The work had a powerful influence on Gladstone, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the matter.
Pencil inscription on title-page reads "from H. Pratt McKean Nov.6/66", with occasional notes to margins in same hand and to rear endpaper. Henry Pratt McKean (1810-1894) of Philadelphia, grandson of Thomas McKean, signer of Declaration of Independence.
MACKINTOSH, Right Hon. Sir James. The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh. In three volumes. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. 1846. Three volumes: [xii], -581; [iv], 579; iv, 608 pp., some minor marginal damp staining or browning; top edge gilt, remainder untrimmed. Ex-library set with "library regulations" and presentation leaves bound into vol. 3, and "withdrawn" stamp to free endpapers in vols. 2 & 3, Contemporary half morocco, rubbed. First edition.
MANSEL, Henry Longueville. Prolegomena Logica. An Inquiry into the Psychological Character of Logical Processes. Oxford: William Graham. 1851. [iv], xiii[iii], 320 pp; untrimmed. Original cloth, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition.
MILL, James. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind. In Two Volumes. London: Baldwin and Cradock. 1829. Two volumes: iv, 320 pp; iv, 312 pp; with traces of library stamp to foot of each title-page, contents otherwise clean; untrimmed. Recent quarter calf, morocco labels. First edition.
An elaboration of Hartley's associationist psychology. The work was revised by John Stuart Mill, and appeared in 1869, as the younger Mill felt that it did not receive the attention it deserved on first publication.
MILL, James. Elements of Political Economy. Third edition, revised and corrected. London: printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. 1826. viii, 304 pp; some spotting to preliminary and final leaves. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, contrasting morocco label, rubbed, slightly chipped at head of spine.
First published in 1821, the third edition with considerable alterations made after criticism of the work by J.S. Mill (the author's eldest son) and others; the alterations were made mainly in the section on Profits. Goldsmiths' 24799. Kress C1729.
MILL, John Stuart. Auguste Comte and Positivism. Reprinted from the Westminster Review. London: N. Trübner & Co. 1865. [ii], 200 pp. plus leaf of 'Positivist Publications'; untrimmed. Original brown cloth (with binder's ticket, Westleys & Co. London, on rear pastedown), old reback with approx. two-thirds of original spine laid down, worn at extremities, some damp staining to top of upper board not affecting contents. First edition.
In two parts, part I, pages 1-124, "Auguste Comte and Positivism", part II, pages 125-200, "The Later Speculations of M. Comte". In Part I, Mill analyses and favourably criticises the earlier works of Comte which deal with the positive conception of the natural and social sciences, and in Part II analyses and criticises, much less favourably, the later works which deal with the positive conception of religion, politics, and morals. The articles first appeared in the Westminster Review in April and July 1865.
MILL, John Stuart. Autobiography. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1873. vi, 313 pp., plus erratum leaf and advertisement leaf; minor spotting to preliminary and final leaves. Original cloth, gilt lettering, slightly frayed at top and bottom of spine. First edition.
MILL, John Stuart. The Earlier Letters of John Stuart Mill 1812-1848. Edited by Francis E. Mineka ... with an introduction by F.A. Hayek. University of Toronto Press/Routledge & Kegan Paul. . Two volumes: xxvii, 366; -784 pp. Original cloth in dust jackets. G.
MILL, John Stuart. An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy and of the Principal Philosophical Questions discussed in his Writings. Third edition. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1867. xvi, 633 pp. plus advertisement leaf; untrimmed. Original cloth, a little faded on spine.
MILL, John Stuart. Inaugural Address delivered to the University of St. Andrews Feb. 1st 1867. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1867. 99 pp; some minor spotting to preliminary and final leaves; top edge gilt. Near contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands, contrasting morocco labels, a little rubbed at extremities. First edition.
The address given by Mill at his installation as Rector of the University of St. Andrews, in which, limiting his remarks to the cultural aspects of education, he advocates the view that both the classics and the sciences should be taught; extols the virtues to be derived from linguistic pursuits and a first-hand knowledge of the Greek and Roman writers; defends the values to be found in scientific subjects such as mathematics, logic, and psychology; argues for the importance of training in aesthetic subjects; and urges that the university become a place for free speculation rather than of dogmatic indoctrination or of too intense specialisation in any one field. Print run of this edition is believed to be 1,000 copies. MacMinn, Hainds, and McCrimmon, p.98.
MILL, John Stuart. The Letters of John Stuart Mill. Edited, with an introduction, by Hugh S.R. Elliot, with a note on Mill's private life, by Mary Taylor. London: Longmans, Green and Co. 1910. Two volumes: xlvi, 312; vii, 408 pp., with portraits. Original cloth, a little faded and rubbed on spines, minor wear to head and base of spines. First edition.
MILL, John Stuart. A System of Logic Ratiocinative and Inductive, being a connected view of the principles of evidence and the methods of scientific investigation. In two volumes. Seventh edition. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer. 1868. Two volumes: xviii (including half-title), 541; xv[i] (including half-title), 555 pp; minor foxing to preliminary leaves; top edges gilt. Near contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spines with raised bands, contrasting morocco labels, slightly rubbed and a little frayed at top of spines, volume II split approximately one-inch down front joint.
First published in 1843.
(MILL) WEST, Julius. John Stuart Mill. London: published and sold by the Fabian Society. January 1913. 24 pp. Original printed wrappers, small library stamp to title-page and upper wrapper. First edition.
Fabian Biographical Series No. 4. Fabian Tract No. 168.
PARKINSON, Rev. Richard. Rationalism and Revelation: or the Testimony of Moral Philosophy, the System of Nature, and the Constitution of Man, to the truth of the Doctrines of Scripture; in eight discourses, preached before the University of Cambridge ...with a Memoir of the founder of the lecture, the Rev. John Hulse. London: J.G. and F. Rivington. 1838. xlvii[i], 223 pp. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, gilt decorated spine and contrasting labels, a little rubbed. First edition.
SCHOPENHAUER, Arthur. Ueber das Sehn und die Farben, eine Abhandlung. Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch. 1816. 88 pp; text somewhat browned. Near-contemporary cloth, rubbed, faded on spine. First edition.
Rare. Schopenhauer's important essay on the perception of colour and the response of the eye to changes in the arrangement of colours in the field of vision, inspired by Goethe's "Farbenlehre". Schopenhauer expresses his profound respect for Goethe's achievement. Grisebach p.11. Hübscher 6.
SPENCE, Joseph. Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters, of Books and Men. Collected from the conversation of Mr. Pope, and other eminent persons of his time. ... Now first published from the original papers, with notes, and a life of the author, by Samuel Weller Singer. London: published by W.H. Carpenter ... and Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh. 1820. Engraved portrait frontispiece, xxxix[i], 501 pp. plus errata. Recent half calf, raised bands, gilt lines, contrasting label. First edition.
The appendix comprises letters to Spence, and includes Hume's letter dated October 15th 1754 - an account of Thomas Blacklock, whose poems Spence published.
WHEWELL, Rev. William. On the Foundations of Morals. Four Sermons preached before the University of Cambridge, November 1837. Second edition. Cambridge: University Press/London: J.W. Parker. . xx + 76 pp. Minor damp staining affecting lower margin of last few leaves. Untrimmed. Original printed wrappers, a little soiled.
Treatise on Dynamics
WHEWELL, William. On the Free Motion of Points, and on Universal Gravitation, including the Principal Propositions of Books I and III of the Principia; the first part of a new edition of A Treatise on Dynamics [bound with] On the Motion of Points constrained and resisted, and on the Motion of a Rigid Body. The second part of a new edition of A Treatise on Dynamics. Cambridge: ... for J. & J.J. Deighton. 1832-1834. Two parts in one: xxviii, 237, errata leaf, 4 folding engraved plates; xxi[i], 338 pp., 5 folding engraved plates; contents a little browned; ink stamps to title-page and to final leaf of text; later endpapers. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards, worn on corners, rebacked, contrasting label.
Whewell's second textbook, "A Treatise on Dynamics", was first published in 1823. In the Preface, Whewell states that his aims in this new edition are to "correct the errors of the former edition, and, in many instances, to simplify and improve the work", primarily for the students of Cambridge.
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