WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig.

Notes on Logic.

Cambridge: dated 1913, but early 1950s Stock Code: 97418
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Wittgenstein's first philosophical work

A scarce carbon typescript copy of Wittgenstein's Notes on Logic, originally dictated by Wittgenstein to Bertrand Russell in October 1913, and first presented as a lecture in March 1914 at Harvard, where Russell had been invited to lecture. The Notes were first published from a version copied at Harvard by Harry Costello, in the Journal of Philosophy (Vol. LIV, no. 9, 1957) and subsequently as an appendix to the first printing of Wittgenstein's Notebooks, 1914-1916 (1961). The present version is based on the so-called Russell version, which precedes the Costello version. It shares the same pagination as the typescript preserved by G. H. von Wright, now in the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, referred to by Michael A. R. Biggs as the TSx typescript. According to Carl Spadoni, former librarian at McMaster University, "the typescript was made in 1952-4 or slightly earlier by David S. Shwayder, later a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois, who met Russell during this period. Russell lent him "certain notes and letters of Wittgenstein", and Shwayder transcribed them."

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Description

Carbon typescript on Foolscap Excelsior Fine British make laid paper watermarked 6GM/SH (327 x 201 mm), pp. [4], 14. Held together with a rusty paperclip, preserved in a custom made cloth folder and slipcase.

Illustrations

Section numbers added in blue ink, with additional symbols, formulae and diagrams added by hand.

Condition

Sometime folded in half, in very good condition. From the estate of the Wittgenstein scholar Michael Dummett.

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