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
£3,500.00

Inscribed and in an appealing contemporary binding

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Notes

First edition, inscribed on the title page "from the author". In Alciphron Berkeley rebuts the insurgent secular intellectual trends of the early Enlightenment. Countering the views of Locke, Mandeville, and the third Earl of Shaftesbury, who collectively manifest as the conceited free thinkers Lysicles and Alciphron, Berkeley defends 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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Description

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.

Illustrations

Engraved vignette illustration to title page, engraved head- and tailpieces, initials. With the advertisement leaf to vol. 1.

Condition

Engraved armorial bookplates of Lord Sandys to front pastedowns. Joints cracked but firm, some loss to spine ends and corners bruised, lettering to vol. 2 spine chipped, lettering to vol. 1 mostly present, endpapers browned from turn-ins, a few fore edges rough (C4, N1, N4), else a very good copy.

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