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FERGUSON, Adam.

Principles of Moral and Political Science; Being chiefly a Retrospect of Lectures delivered in the College of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh & London: printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, and W. Creech, 1792 Stock Code: 121472
£4,750.00
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The culmination of Ferguson's long years of teaching

First edition of Ferguson's mature reworking of his lectures, "an expansion of a sketchy earlier version that he had published as Institutes of Moral Philosophy" (Chuo). It was one of about a dozen books by Scottish authors (of a total of 550) that James Madison selected for importation into America in 1782 for the library of the US Congress.

In 1764 Ferguson took up the chair of ethics and pneumatical philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, having previously, from 1759, held the chair of natural philosophy. His lectures became very popular with both students and members of the Edinburgh intelligentsia. A short conspectus was published in 1761, and the Institutes in 1769.

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Description

2 volumes, quarto (260 x 208 mm). Contemporary tree calf, spines ruled in gilt, red morocco spine labels, edges sprinkled.

Condition

Ownership inscription "Henry Hunter Jun" of the Inner Temple to each front free endpaper, Italian bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns. Joints and corners skilfully restored, some surface wear to boards; occasional light spotting and the odd side-rule in pencil; a very good copy.

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