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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSET, 1690
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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSET, 1690
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Locke, John
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMANE UNDERSTANDING. ELIZABETH HOLT FOR THOMAS BASSET, 1690
folio, FIRST EDITION, first issue with uncancelled title page (five rows of six type ornaments, SS's in title uninverted, Basset's name only in the imprint), contemporary mottled calf, red speckled edges, spine in six compartments decorated in gilt, remains of library stamp on title page, some slight staining and browning, a few tiny holes, some slight staining, some repairs to final leaves at margin, spine repaired with some restoration (new morocco label), neat repairs to covers
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Literature

Wing L2738; Pforzheimer 599; PMM 164

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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