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LOCKE, John.

The Conduct of the Understanding.

To which is added, an Abstract of Mr. Locke's Essay on Human Understanding.

Cambridge: Printed by J. Archdeacon for J. Nicholson, and sold by T. & J. Merrill, J. C. & F. Rivington, S. Crowder, H. Gardner, and S. Hayes, and W. Nicholson, 1781 Stock Code: 128880
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Unfinished extension to the Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

Fifth separate edition, first issue, preceding the second, large paper issue. The Conduct of the Understanding was first published in Locke's Posthumous Works of 1706, with the first separate edition published in 1741. Locke wrote The Conduct while writing revisions for his Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, intending it to constitute a new chapter that would be the largest chapter of the work. Locke never completed the revisions nor incorporated the new chapter into his Essay, but its separate publication a few decades after his death proved popular, and it underwent nine editions by the end of the 18th century.

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Octavo (179 x 110 mm). Contemporary tan tree calf, smooth spine gilt to compartments, recent label (archaically lettered "Loqke on Conduct").


With the terminal advertisements present. Contemporary ownership signature to pastedown. Slight splits at head of joints. An excellent copy, contents clean and bright.


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