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An essay concerning humane understanding: in four books by  John LOCKE - Hardcover - Third - 1695 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books (SKU: 5356)

An essay concerning humane understanding: in four books

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An essay concerning humane understanding: in four books

by LOCKE, John

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1695 John LOCKE Essay Concerning Human Understanding Philosophy Tabula Rasa
"I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." – John Locke
The very first modern attempt to analyze human knowledge! (PMM)
After studying medicine under the teaching of Thomas Sydenham, John Locke began his journey of philosophical thinking that would develop into his most famous written work. 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding,' is one of the most important books on the development and cultivation of human understanding and knowledge. It is in this work that Locke first describes the idea of 'blank slate' of the mind or 'tabula rasa.' Locke's 'Essay' is known to have directly influenced famous philosophers such as David Hume and George Berkeley.
According to the 'Printing and the Mind of Man',"Locke's first task was to ascertain 'the original certainty and extent of human knowledge' and, excluding 'the physical consideration of the mind, to show how far it can comprehend the universe'. His conclusion is 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 to some extent control our own destiny
This incredibly rare and valuable third edition is known to have been printed with only 800 copies. An exceedingly rare print run for such a popular work
Item number: #5356Price: $2500
LOCKE, John
An essay concerning humane understanding: in four books
London : Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil ..., and Samuel Manship, 1695. Third edition.
Details: Collation: Complete with all pages[40], 407, [13]Signatures: [a]2, b6, a-c4, B-3F4, 3G-3I2References: Wing L 2741; Grolier English 100, no. 36; ESTC R 020221; PMM 164; Yolton, John Locke: Descriptive Bibliography no. 63; Note on this third edition:Jean Yolton notes that there were only 800 copies printed of this edition.Language: EnglishBinding: Leather; tight & secureSize: ~12.75in X 8.25in (32cm x 21cm)Extremely rare with auction and price comparisons at $5,000
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5356
Title
An essay concerning humane understanding: in four books
Author
LOCKE, John
Format/binding
Leather; tight & secure
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
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Edition
Third
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Awnsham and John Churchil ..., and Samuel Manship
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1695
Keywords
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