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2 works bound in one quarto volume (220 x 160 mm). Contemporary unlettered calf, rebacked, titled in ink along lower edge. Housed in a burgundy flat back cloth box. Covers age darkened and scuffed in places, leather patch to rear cover, corners repaired. Tear to one large folding plate neatly repaired. Occasional light spotting and the odd chip to leaf edges. A very good copy. With 14 folding plates, some diagrams in text, plus decorative initial letters. Contemporary ownership inscription to free endpaper of one Johannis Reynolds, noting price paid 4s. Extensive ink notes to rear endpapeghfr. First edition in English of De Corpore (1655), intended as the first part of Hobbes's comprehensive philosophical scheme, the Elements of Philosophy. "This translation substantially modified the mathematical argument, especially (Chapters XVIII and XX) regarding circle-squaring, and contained other modifications elicited by criticism" (Laird, quoted in MacDonald & Hargreaves). "In this work [Hobbes] defined philosophy as 'such knowledge of effects or appearances, as we acquire by true ratiocination from the knowledge we have first of their causes or generation: And again, of such causes or generations as may be from knowing first their effects'. From this we appreciate that philosophy for Hobbes covered knowledge of the natural world and all that may be contained in it, including mankind and political society. And knowledge began from names and their logical implications. So Hobbes begins from the ideas of space and time, and hence reaches an idea of body, and from that proceeds to deduce the nature of body and its implications. He then goes on to give a full account of the central concepts of a mechanical physics always closely linked to geometry. It is on this system that his whole account will be based, moving on from dynamics to an account of motion of animals, which, equally, is the product of physical causes by contact for 'motion may produce nothing but motion'. And since man is just another special kind of animal the account will go through to human beings" (Pyle, Dictionary of Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers). "Six Lessons" was a reply to Ward and Wallis and was, in its turn, replied to by Wallis in "Due Correction for Mr. Hobbes. or, Schoole of Discipline, for not saying his lessons right. In answer to his six lessons, directed to the Professors of Mathematicks. By the Professor of Geometry". (1656). Hobbes in his turn replied in 1657 with his "Markes of the Absurd Geometry, Rural Language, Scottish Church-Politicks And Barbarismes of John Wallis Professor of Geometry and Doctor of Divinity", here bound following the main work. MacDonald & Hargreaves 56 & 57; Wing H2232 & H2261. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Elements of Philosophy, the First Section ...
Editorial: London: For Andrew Crooke, 1656 & 1657
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