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KANT, Immanuel.

Critik der reinen Vernunft.

Riga: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch, 1781 Stock Code: 142695
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A pleasing copy in a contemporary binding

First edition of one of the most influential philosophy books ever published, the first version of the Critique of Pure Reason; a pleasing copy in a contemporary binding.

"Kant's great achievement was to conclude finally the lines on which philosophical speculation had proceeded in the 18th century, and to open up a new and more comprehensive system of dealing with the problems of philosophy. Of the two main systems which preceded his own, Kant had little or no sympathy with the metaphysical categorization of the Cartesians, and inclined more to the empirical methods of Locke and Leibniz The influence of Kant is paramount in the critical method of modern philosophy. No other thinker has been able to hold with such firmness the balance between speculative and empirical ideas. His penetrating analysis of the elements involved in synthesis, and the subjective process by which these elements are realized in the individual consciousness, demonstrated the operation of 'pure reason'; and the simplicity and cogency of his arguments achieved immediate fame" (PMM).

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Octavo (201 x 117 mm). Contemporary speckled half calf and brown paper boards, black spine label, floral motifs and scrollwork rolls tooled in blind to compartments, raised bands, edges sprinkled red.


Woodcut title vignette, decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces, initials.


Early ink annotation to p. 379 (correcting "sceptisch" to "specifisch"). Somewhat worn, boards scuffed, small expert repair to head of spine, hinges superficially cracked but firm, endpapers lightly browned from turn-ins, front free endpaper with a little loss to bottom right corner, contents crisp and clean excepting some occasional light foxing and marks, earlier quires browned. Overall a very good copy.


Adickes 46; Hook & Norman 1197; Printing and the Mind of Man 226; Warda 59.


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