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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSETT, 1690
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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSETT, 1690
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSETT, 1690
folio (313 x 193mm.), FIRST EDITION, title within double-rule border, second issue with cancel title-page with irregular block of type-ornament in five rows and Edw[ard] Mory's name in the imprint, contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, some slight browning to text, slight damp-staining to inner margins at beginning and end
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Provenance

"John Nicoll", later ownership inscription and five-line manuscript note on front endpaper; "W.H", initials and six-line note on same page

Literature

Grolier English 36; Grolier One Hundred 72; Norman 1380; Pforzheimer 600; PMM 164; Wing L2739

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF LOCKE'S MONUMENTAL WORK, a critical assessment of the origins, nature, and limits of human reason, which was to remain the single most influential work in European philosophy for at least one hundred years. Locke laboured for nearly two decades on his investigation of "the certainty and the adequacy of human knowledge," concluding that "though knowledge must necessarily fall short of complete comprehension, it can at least be 'sufficient'; enough to convince us that we are not at the mercy of pure chance, and can to some extent control our own destiny" (PMM).

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