The Works Of John Locke Esq; In Three Volumes.
Printed for A. Churchill, and A. Manship, and sold by W. Taylor in the Pater-noster-Row/Printed for Awnsham Churchill/Printed for Awnsham Churchill; and Sold by William Taylor, at the Ship and Black Swan in Pater-noster-Row.
The contents of which follow in the next leaf. with alphabetical tables. the second edition. vols. i - iii.
THREE VOLUMES. 4to. 8.75 x 12.75 inches. Vol. I,  + xxviii + 575 +  pp. +  pp. index; Vol. II,  + 671 +  +  pp. index; Vol. III, [vi] + 668 pp. +  pp., Remains, + 28 pp., Life and Writings +  pp. index. Separate half title for each part. Separate title pages, pagination and register for The Remains of John Locke Esq; To which are added, Three Copies of Verses formerly Written (Printed for E. Curll, etc., 1714); An Account of the Life and Writings of John Locke Esq; The Third Edition Enlarged (Printed for J. Clarke and E. Curll, etc., 1714). Text of some letters in Latin and French. Bound in original panelled calf with gilt birders; spines recently rebacked with raised bands and black titles. Some age related wear to original boards, a few pages browned and very occasional spotting and faint ink marks in margins (The short Life and Writings has a greater amount of foxing); otherwise a fine crisp set replete with beautiful ornaments in text. Armourial crested bookplates of Sir Charles Wolsely Bart. Illustrated by engraved portrait frontispiece and engraved monumental inscription. Decorated by title page vignettes (Vol. I, Remains and Life); all vols. decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. Early three volume edition of the works of the great philosopher, John Locke (1632-1704), first published 1714. Becoming one of the most influential thinkers of the forthcoming Enlightenment, Locke, a founder of liberalism, was an empiricist, stating that we are born without innate ideas and that all our knowledge is determined by experience (see Book I of Human Understanding). Vol. I contains An Essay concerning Human Understanding in Four Books and the two Letters to the Bishop of Worcester; Vol. II has the Considerations on the Value of Money, the Two Treatises of Government. the three Letters on Toleration and the Vindications of the Reasonableness of Christianity; Vol. III includes Some Thoughts concerning Education, the three Paraphrases and Notes on St. Paul's Epistles and six posthumous works, including Familiar Letters between Locke and his Friends. Bound into Vol. III are two additional short works, both dated 1714, which were also published separately: The Remains in four parts, with Verses on Several Occasions and the Life and Writings, first published in French by Jean Le Clerc (1657-1736) and in English, 1713. This copy was owned by Sir Charles Wolseley, 7th Baronet (1769-1846) of Staffordshire, who was a radical reformer, imprisoned for sedition and conspiracy in 1820. (ESTC T128551, T112897, T128626; Printing and the Mind of Man, 163-164).
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