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Título: Theologisch-politische Abhandlungen. Freye ...
Condición del libro: Very Good
First edition. 'Less than half a century after Ewald's aufklärerische translation Dr J.A. Kalb, a former Catholic who had converted to Protestantism, issued this free translation of the Tractatus. (In 1802 Christoph Gottlieb von Murr already provided an edition with Spinoza's annotations: Benedicti de Spinoza Adnotationes ad Tractatum theologico politicum). Kalb eulogizes Spinoza as the 'Plato aller Jahrhunderte' and acknowledges his debt to Spinoza’s bible criticism in his introduction: 'I am happy to acknowledge that in my biblical researches Spinoza has been my only guiding light, and that I have been following only his directions in this matter for the past twenty-one years' (pp. xx-xxi). Kalb was probably the co-author of the short-lived periodical Bibel'sche Orient (1820-21), which according to Graetz breathed the spirit of Schelling (Geschichte der Juden, ii, 428). Kalb used for his translation a copy of an edition of the Tractatus containing Meyer’s Philosophia Scripturae S. interpres (cf. no. 41). He therefore assumed that this work was also by Spinoza: 'I would not know how better to end my preface than Spinoza in his own for this second part (Phil. S. Script. Interpres)' (p. xxii). He then quotes the final remarks in Meyer's prologue. Kalb claimed he had also finished a translation of Meyer's work – although a published edition is not known. The present translation is rare because the larger part of the edition was allegedly confiscated by the Bavarian police, presumably because of Kalb's attack on the Pope and Catholicism. (There is, however, a copy of a title-edition with the imprint 'Philadelphia 1838' in at least one private collection). Kalb rejected Catholic institutions as infested with 'monasticism, inquisition, Jesuit entrapment, and washed out hollow dogmatism, mendacious and treacherous abstraction' (p. xvi)' ('Spinoza as Guide to a Free World', Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica exhibition, 2008, item 47). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, xlviii, [i], 432 pp., contemporary blue marbled boards with red label, a little rubbed at edges, light browning and spotting, no stamps or inscriptions, a very good copy. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-15358577359
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