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KANT, Immanuel.

Kleine Schriften.

Neuwied: J. T. Haupt, 1793 Stock Code: 141222
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First collected edition of any of Kant's writings, comprising seven articles first published in the periodicals Berlinische Monatsschrift and Teutscher Merkur from 1784 to 1791, here extracted and published without his permission. These include "Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?" (first 1784, his famous definition of Enlightenment written in response to the question posed by Johann Friedrich Zöllner) and "Muthmaßlicher Anfang der Menschengeschichte" (first 1786, one of his main contributions to the philosophy of history). On 22 June 1793 the Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung printed an article by Kant, "An die Herren Buchhändler (To the Bookdealers)", his second public notice on pirated editions of his writings and likely prompted by the circulation of this edition (Altman, p. xli). Several other pirated collections of Kant's work would follow in the 1790s, but it is not until 1838-9 that Adickes considers there to be a complete edition (Hartenstein's ten-volume edition).

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Small octavo (161 x 98 mm). Later red paste paper boards, black spine label.


Faint ink ownership signature, "Joh. Eduard Probst", to title page, ink correction to p. 1, some neat pencil underlining to text, ink note to front free endpaper partly erased. Spine ends bruised, light wear to extremities, contents lightly browned with occasional marks and soiling. A very good copy.


Adickes B.5 (the first of the "incomplete collections" of Kant's works); Warda 228. Matthew C. Altman, ed., The Palgrave Kant Handbook, 2018.


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