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First edition of the magnum opus of 'perhaps the most complete "Enlightenment man" among the eighteenth-century Scottish thinkers' (Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers), on which Kames says he had been at work 'above thirty years' (I, vi). Chuo 139. Among much else, it contains the first printing Thomas Reid's account of Aristotle's logic, which Kames had asked his friend to write as an appendix to the section on the science of reason. Reid's long essay (II, 165-241) was published separately in 1806, and included by Sir William Hamilton in his 1846 edition of Reid's works. 'The Sketches was the fruit of a lifetime's reading in an extraordinarily diverse range of subjects, from ancient history to modern economics, from a Scandinavian epic to the tales of the explorers of the South Seas. Kames had high hopes for the book and negotiated with his publishers . a payment of one thousand pounds sterling. Several of the reviews were positive, flattering even, but privately skepticism was expressed by those whose opinion probably mattered most to Kames . "Lord Kaims's Sketches have here been published some weeks," Hume wrote to Strahan, "and by the Reception it has met with, is not likely to be very popular, according to the prodigiously sanguine Expectations of the Author." Despite Hume's prediction, a second edition of the Sketches was called for and appeared in 1778, this time in four volumes of octavo; a third edition "considerably enlarged by the last additions and corrections of the author" came out ten years later. The Sketches was translated into German in 1787 and was also published in Philadelphia and Basel. Several further editions appeared in the 1790s and in the first decades of the nineteenth century' (James Harris). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 2 volumes, 4to, with the half titles, xii, 519; [iv], 507 pp., contemporary marbled calf, decorated gilt spines slightly rubbed and lacking 3 of 4 labels, joints partly cracked but holding, yellow edges, minimal browning and only isolated spots, a very good clean copy. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Sketches of the History of Man: Printed for ...
Condición del libro: Very Good
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