last 24 hours
last 7 days
last 30 days
older than 30 days

Rudi Thoemmes Rare Books

Einleitung zu seinem Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie. Oder: Ueber den Begriff der speculativen Physik und die innere Organisation eines Systems dieser Wissenschaft. Jena und Leipzig: C.E. Gabler

Einleitung zu seinem Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie. Oder: Ueber den Begriff der speculativen Physik und die innere Organisation eines Systems dieser Wissenschaft. Jena und Leipzig: C.E. Gabler, 1799 [bound with] Erster Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie. Zum Behuf seiner Vorlesungen. Jena und Leipzig: C.E. Gabler, 1799.

SCHELLING, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von First editions of the two works on Naturphilosophie that Schelling published during 1799. Schneeberger 55, 56; Adickes 1976, 1977. 'After the publication of his lectures [Erster Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie], Schelling, under the influence of Goethe, felt the need to clarify and develop an aspect of Naturphilosophie that he had neglected, namely the role of experiment and observation. During a particularly intense period, from the middle of September to the middle of October 1799, the two met almost daily to discuss this problem, and together they spent almost a week going over Schelling's Einleitung zu dem Entwurf eines Systems der Naturphilosophie (Introduction to the sketch of a system of nature philosophy). Schelling proclaimed that the conversations had produced a great florescence of ideas for him. The Einleitung stated unequivocally the necessity of experiment in discovering the laws of nature. And indeed, Schelling - the knight errant of idealism - proclaimed that all of our knowledge stems from experience. It is hard to doubt that Goethe did anything but stimulate, promote, and encourage this appeal to experience as the true Excalibur of natural science. The Einleitung clearly marks the deviant path of Schelling's idealism, which led him, within two years, to develop the kind of Spinozistic objectivism that Fichte scorned' (Robert J. Richards, 'Nature is the Poetry of Mind, or How Schelling Solved Goethe's Kantian Problems' in Kant and the Sciences, eds Friedman & Nordman, MIT Press, 2005). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 2 works in one volume, 8vo, [ii], 83, [1], [iv], x, 321, [1] pp., contemporary marbled boards with printed spine label, slightly rubbed, a little wear at lower corners, library bookplate on pastedown and early owner's name on front free endpaper, light foxing throughout, with browning and spotting in places, generally sound copies in an attractive binding.
An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke

An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke, Gent. The Second Edition, with large Additions. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, and Samuel Manship, 1694.

LOCKE, John The important second edition, now with a portrait and Locke's name on the title-page, and 31 leaves of new material. One of about 700 copies printed (Nidditch). Yolton 62B. Wing L2740. 'When Thomas Basset was running out of copies of the first edition in February 1693, he signed a contract with Locke . to pay him ten shillings per sheet for additional materials for a new printing. These additions included an expansion of Book I, Chap. IV; the chapter on power (2.21) was almost entirely new; a new chapter, 'Of Identity and Diversity', was inserted as 2.27 and a discussion was added to 2.9.8. Other numerous additions were made throughout, sectional summaries added in the margins, and an analytical index supplied. Locke further had an engraving made from his portrait done by his amanuensis Sylvester Brounower . engraved by P. Vanderbanck [which] served also as the frontispiece to the third and fourth editions. Locke also had the corrections and new material printed up separately for his friends to insert in their copies of the first edition' (Yolton). PROVENANCE: John Banson, LL.D., was Clerk and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and later (from 1751) Rector of Swanington in Norfolk. The annotations in the copy (presumably by him) cross-reference terms within Locke's Essay and sometimes point outwards to other works including Bacon's Advancement of Learning (1605), John Pearson's Exposition on the Creed (1659), John Wilkins's Of the Principles and Duties of Natural Religion (1675), Samuel Parker's Demonstration of the Divine Authority of the Law of Nature (1681), James Tyrrell's Disquisition of the Law of Nature (1692), William Wotton's Reflections upon Ancient and Modern Learning (1694), and Tillotson's Works. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Folio, engraved frontispiece portrait, [xxxix], 407, [11] pp., contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, armorial bookplate of John Banson with underlinings and annotations scattered throughout, later ownership inscription of James Best dated 1799 on pastedown and title-page, worm trace running through lower fore-corner, light browning and dampstaining to front pastedown and first few leaves (please see photos), overall a good copy.
An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke

An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. In Four Books. Written by John Locke, Gent. The Third Edition. London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil, and Samuel Manship, 1695.

LOCKE, John The third edition, one of about 800 copies printed (Nidditch). The text is a line-by-line reprint of the second edition with minor adjustments. Yolton 63. Wing L2741. PROVENANCE: 'Ralph Willett (b. 1719), book-collector . matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1736 but did not take a degree. On his father's death in 1740 estates in the West India islands came to him, and for the rest of his life he was able to gratify his taste for books and pictures. Willett's library was remarkably rich in early-printed books and in specimens of block-printing. Many works were on vellum, and all were in the finest condition. A description of the library was printed in octavo, in French and English, in 1776 [and] a catalogue of the books in the library was distributed by Willett among his friends in 1790. He died without issue in 1795 . His library was sold by Leigh & Sotheby on 6 Dec. 1813, and the sale occupied seventeen days' (ODNB). Inserted loose is a letter typed on Eton College notepaper from the schoolmaster Raef Payne to Oscar Wood, philosophy tutor at Christ Church, Oxford, about the bookplate: ". it would be nice to find a link with a philosophical forebear" (January 1984). PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Folio, engraved frontispiece portrait, [xxxix], 407, [11 + 1] pp., contemporary panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label, worn at corners and spine ends, joints cracked but firm, faint ownership inscription 'Ralph Willett' on title-page and later armorial bookplate of Ralph Willett Payne on pastedown, worm hole in upper margin running through first half of the volume, small hole in final leaf with loss of advertisement text, internally clean and fresh, a decent copy in an unrestored contemporary binding.
The Gentleman's Magazine. By Sylvanus Urban

The Gentleman’s Magazine. By Sylvanus Urban, Gent. Volume VIII, January – December, 1738. London: printed by E. Cave at St John’s Gate.

CAVE, Edward 'The Gentleman’s Magazine was a highly successful publication which was founded in 1731 by Warwickshire businessman Edward Cave. It was Cave who coined the term ‘Magazine’ to describe a periodical, and for many years his monthly publication served as a hand book for the stylish and intelligent gent about town. Cave wrote under the pseudonym Sylvanus Urban in an attempt to appeal to readers in the provinces as well as those in towns and cities. The Gentleman’s Magazine covered virtually every facet of Georgian life and included topics such as medicine, natural history, scientific discoveries, political debates, foreign and domestic news, letters to the editor and crime and punishment to name but a few. Although an extremely competent editor, Cave was notorious for pushing boundaries often sailing very close to the wind. He regularly sent employees to the Strangers Gallery at the House of Commons where they were instructed to take skeletal notes during debates. At the end of these sessions the notes would be delivered to the Gate where they would be embellished by Samuel Johnson in preparation for the next edition of the magazine. This was an extremely risky undertaking during a period when it was illegal to publish any information pertaining to parliamentary debates. Parliament responded by placing tighter restrictions on Cave’s attempts to produce these reports, but he simply changed the title from”Debates in Parliament” to “Debates in the Senate House of Lilliput“. This was a polite nod and a cheeky wink at satirist writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, another regular contributor to the magazine' (Judi McGinley, Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London).
Historische Nachrichten von Joh. Chr. Edelmanns

Historische Nachrichten von Joh. Chr. Edelmanns, eines berüchtigten Religionsspötters, Leben, Schriften und Lehrbegrif, wie auch von den Schriften, die für und wider ihn geschrieben worden, gesamlet und mitgetheilet von Joh. Hinr. Pratje. Hamburg: Christian Wilhelm Brandt, 1753.

PRATJE, Johann Hinrich (Johann Christian EDELMANN) First edition of the bio-bibliography of Johann Christian Edelmann (1698-1767), the first writer in a language other than Dutch openly to champion Spinoza's philosophy. 8vo, without the portrait, pagination irregular but complete, 1-206, 205, 208, 193-223, 240-275 pp., bound second in a fat Sammelband with three other works, contemporary half vellum, rubbed, front joint nicked in the middle, front free endpaper (holed) with an early librarian's handwritten list of contents, good clean copies of all four texts. The three accompanying works, all in first edition, are: MOSHEIM, Johann Lorenz: Pastoral-Theologie von denen Pflichten und Lehramt eines Dieners des Evangelii. Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1754. 142 pp. HUDEMANN, Ludwig F.: Gedanken über den Messias in Absicht auf die Religion. Rostock und Wismar: Berger und Boedner, 1754. 54 pp. BOTHEN, Heinrich Joachim: Zuverlassige Beschreibung des nunmehro ganz entdeckten herrenhutischen Ehe-Geheimnisses, nebst dessen 17 Grund-Artickeln, wornach sie in demselben unterrichtet und eingerichtet werden. Erster Theil,Berlin, 1751 . Zweyter Theil, Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1752. [xxiv], 216, [viii], 296 pp.
Sammelband of seven works

Sammelband of seven works, 1744-49, all but one in first edition.

MEIER, Georg Friedrich A stout octavo volume bound in contemporary leather, spine worn with loss at extremities, small worm trace on upper board, front marbled free endpaper torn away, contemporary  ownership inscription 'D. Horn', a few individual faults noted below but generally good clean copies. Georg Friedrich Meier (1718-77) was a follower of Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten. He reformed the philosophy of Christian Wolff by introducing elements of John Locke's empiricist theory of knowledge. Contents in order of binding: I. Rettung Der Ehre der Vernunft wider die Freygeister. Halle, Hemmerde, 1747. [viii], 312 pp. First edition. Title-page with library stamp, edge-staining and bottom corner torn. II. Gedanken von der Religion. Halle, Hemmerde, 1749. 128 pp. First edition. Title-page with finger marks. III. Vertheidigung der Christlichen Religion, wider Herrn Johann Christian Edelmann. Zweyte Auflage. Halle, Hemmerde, 1749. 286, [2] pp. IV. Vorläufige Antwort auf die neueste ungeschliffene Schrift eines Herrnhuthers wider den Doctor Baumgarten. Frankfurth und Leipzig, 1747. 40 pp. First edition. V. Meiers Sendschreiben an den Verfasser des Aufsatzes: etwas merckwürdiges De Mundo Archetypo in dem dritten Beytrage der fortgesetzten Samlung von alten und neuen theologischen Sachen auf das Jahr 1742. Halle, Hemmerde, 1744. 26, [6] pp. First edition. VI. Gründliche Anweisung wie jemand ein neumodischer Weltweiser werden könne in einem Sendschreiben an einen jungen Menschen.Frankfurth und Leipzig, 1745. 64 pp. First edition. VII. Untersuchung einiger Ursachen des verdorbenen Geschmacks der Deutschen, in Absicht auf die schönen Wissenschaften. Halle, Hemmerde, 1746. 43, [5] pp. First edition.
Philosophie und Religion. Tübingen: I.G. Cotta

Philosophie und Religion. Tübingen: I.G. Cotta, 1804.

SCHELLING, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von First edition. Schneegerger 81. 'Schelling's own dissatisfaction with his early versions of identity theory derives from his rejection of Spinozism. Spinoza regards the move from God to the world of ‘conditions’ as a logical consequence of the nature of God. Schelling becomes convinced that such a theory gives no reason why the absolute, the ‘unconditioned’, should manifest itself in a world of negative ‘conditions’ at all. Schelling is therefore confronted with explaining why there is a transition from the absolute to the finite world. In Philosophy and Religion, of 1804, he claims, like Jacobi, that there is no way of mediating between conditioned and unconditioned, and already makes the distinction between ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ philosophy, which will form the heart of his late work. Explicating the structure of the finite world leads to ‘negative philosophy, but much has already been gained by the fact that the negative, the realm of nothingness, has been separated by a sharp limit from the realm of reality and of what alone is positive’. The question which comes to concern Schelling is how philosophy can come to terms with a ground which cannot be regarded as the rational explanation of the finite world' (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). PROVENANCE: from the library of the statesman Wilhelm Ludwig Leopold Freiherr von Berstett (1769-1837), with his bookplate. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, vi, 80 pp., contemporary wrappers, dog-eared and with tears at edges, expected loss at spine, internally good and clean, a sound copy with very wide margins, uncut.
Der Streit der Facultäten in drey Abschnitten von Immanuel Kant. Königsberg: Friedrich Nicolovius

Der Streit der Facultäten in drey Abschnitten von Immanuel Kant. Königsberg: Friedrich Nicolovius, 1798.

KANT, Immanuel First edition. This book brought together three essays previously written by Kant but blocked by the Religionsexaminations-Kommission headed by the Prussian censor-in-chief, Johan Christoph Wöllner. Following the death of Frederick Willhelm II in November 1797 and the consequent sacking of Wöllner, their publication as "The Conflict of the Faculties" became possible. In the Introduction Kant gives the full text of a 1794 letter of reprimand by Frederick Willhelm and his own answer. He also rejoices that there is now enlightened government again, releasing the human spirit from its chains. 'What follows is a mixed bag. Even though Kant tried to unify these three disparate themes into a book, it is only the first essay [on the relation between the philosophical and the theological faculties] that deals with such a conflict. The second is indeed an interesting essay [on whether the human race is progressing] but whether it amounts to a discussion of the relation between the faculty of philosophy and the faculty of law may be doubted. The third essay [ostensibly on the conflict between philosophy and medicine] is highly interesting for understanding Kant's own view of life and death' (Kuehn, Kant, A Biography, pp. 404-6). Warda 193, Adickes 96a. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo, xxx, 205 pp., contemporary blue boards, rubbed, spine somewhat darkened with red label lettered gilt and shelf sticker, bookplate on front pastedown, uniform light browning and occasional spots, no stamps or inscriptions, a good copy, from the library of the statesman Wilhelm Ludwig Leopold Freiherr von Berstett (1769-1837), with his bookplate.