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[BERKELEY, George.]

Alciphron: or, the Minute Philosopher.

In seven dialogues. Containing an apology for the Christian religion, against those who are called Free-thinkers.

London, printed for J. Tonson, 1732 Stock Code: 131149
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First edition, inscribed on the title page "from the author". George Berkeley (1685-1753) wrote Alciphron, a set of philosophical dialogues, in an attempted rebuttal of the insurgent secular intellectual trends of the early enlightenment. Countering the views of John Locke, Bernard de Mandeville, and the third Earl of Shaftesbury, who collectively manifest as the conceited free thinkers Lysicles and Alciphron, Berkeley uses his characters Euphranor and Crito to defend traditional Christianity and his own idealist epistemology. A revised version of Berkeley's seminal work An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision (first published in Dublin in 1709) is included at the end of the second volume as issued.

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2 volumes, octavo (201 x 124 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, spines lettered in gilt, compartments tooled in gilt, raised bands, double fillet frame to boards in gilt, edges sprinkled red.


With the advertisement leaf to vol. I. Engraved vignette illustration to title page, engraved head- and tailpieces, initials.


Engraved armorial bookplates of Lord Sandys to front pastedowns. Joints cracking but firm, some loss to spine ends and corners bruised, lettering to spine of vol. II chipped off, lettering to vol. I mostly present, endpapers browned from turn-ins, a few fore edges rough (leaves C4, N1, N4), else a very good copy.


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