Thoughts on Man,
his nature, productions, and discoveries. Interspersed with some particulars respecting the author.Effingham Wilson, London , 1831 Stock Code: 131891
NotesFirst edition of Godwin's final collection of philosophical essays. Although the book did show "some slight departures from his earlier thinking, especially with respect to the natural equality of mankind" (ODNB), the work held true to Godwin's radical precepts: "Thoughts on Man is a sustained celebration of the achievements and possibilities of the 'godlike being' which makes up our species. After a long and difficult life, Godwin's faith in the perfectibility of humanity remained unshaken, and he ends the books in the confident belief that 'human understanding and human virtue will hereafter accomplish such things as the heart of man has never yet been daring enough to conceive'" (Marshall (ed.), Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader, 1996).
Octavo (222 x 139 mm). Later 19th-century blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
Bookplate of Ian Jack (1923-2008), Emeritus Professor of English at Cambridge University, to front pastedown; some pencilled annotations to text. Slight stain to front cover and very minor wear around joints and extremities; some faint foxing to contents with some creasing at foot. A very good copy.
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