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John Locke's Humane Understanding 1700  

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An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books

Locke, John


Awnsham and John Churchil, and Samuel Manship



[40], 438, [12] pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved by P. Vanderbanck after Sylvester Brounower. (folio) 32.7x20.6 cm (12¾x8¼"), period paneled calf, rebacked with modern calf, raised spine bands, morocco lettering piece. The Fourth Edition, with large Additions.

The is the last carefully revised edition by Locke printed during his lifetime, with new chapters on "The Association of Ideas" and "Enthusiasm," both here published for the first time.  It is in this work that Locke (1632-1704) lays the foundations of British empiricism and the concept of the mind as a tabula rasa. "Locke summed up the Enlightenment in his belief in the middle class and its right to freedom of conscience and right to property, in his faith in science, and in his confidence in the goodness of humanity. His influence upon philosophy and political theory has been incalculable" (Columbia Encyclopedia). Wing L2742; PMM 164 (for first edition). Two bookplates, one of the Library of the North Wales Baptist College.

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Some rubbing to covers, restoration to corners; a little foxing and minor aging within; very good.

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