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VICO, Giambattista.

Risposta … nella quale si sciogliono tre gravi oppositioni fatte da dotto signore contral il primo libro De Antiquissima Italorum Sapientia, &c. overo della Metafisica degli Antichissimi Filosofi Italiani;

[bound together with] —. Risposta all'Articolo X. del Tomo VIII del giornale de' Letterati d'Italia.

Naples: Felice Mosca, 1711 & 1712 Stock Code: 123877
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A bright copy of Vico's two Replies

First edition of Vico's two important Replies, in which he defends and elucidates his views on the theory of knowledge and metaphysics, in response to the criticisms levied against De antiquissima sapientia by the Giornale dei letterati d'Italia in 1711. Both are uncommon, with no copies traced in historical auction records, and WorldCat locating just five copies of the first Risposta (British Library, Württembergische Landesbibliothek in Germany, and three in the US), and six copies of the second (British Library, two in Germany, and three in the US).

The first contains Vico's answer to an anonymous reviewer, which Benedetto Croce suggests was Bernardo Trevisano, a contemporary Venetian scholar of philosophy. The second work is another "risposta", this time addressed to the entire editorial staff of the Giornale, written in response to their printed answer to his first Reply. In this essay, longer and more detailed than its predecessor, Vico takes an even stronger stand against Descartes' methodology. The Giornale proposed (and Vico agreed) that this exchange be considered "a kind of completion of the De antiquissima sapienta" (Marshall, p. 143).

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2 works in 1 volume, duodecimo (162 x 95 mm). Resewn and recased in later rustic paste paper boards to style, uncut.


Small split to paper at foot of spine. Final gathering of the second work browned with some faint foxing, penultimate leaves restored in the gutter, else a bright, clean copy.


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