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DESCARTES, René (1596-1650). Meditationes de prima philosophia in qua dei existentia et animae immortalitas demonstratur. Paris: Michael Soly, 1641. 8º (167 x 105mm). With privilege and errata, and with both title pages, as issued one with and one without the engraved device. (Short tear and small hole in the title, small hole in e1 touching a few letters, a duplicate of O2 bound after Pp3.) 18th-century roan, flat spine gilt in compartments, morocco label, sides with blind triple-rule border, edges sprinkled red (front joint starting, spine panel worn, extremities rubbed). Provenance: William Charles de Meuron, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam (1872-1943).
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DESCARTES, René (1596-1650). Meditationes de prima philosophia in qua dei existentia et animae immortalitas demonstratur. Paris: Michael Soly, 1641. 8º (167 x 105mm). With privilege and errata, and with both title pages, as issued one with and one without the engraved device. (Short tear and small hole in the title, small hole in e1 touching a few letters, a duplicate of O2 bound after Pp3.) 18th-century roan, flat spine gilt in compartments, morocco label, sides with blind triple-rule border, edges sprinkled red (front joint starting, spine panel worn, extremities rubbed). Provenance: William Charles de Meuron, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam (1872-1943).

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DESCARTES, René (1596-1650). Meditationes de prima philosophia in qua dei existentia et animae immortalitas demonstratur. Paris: Michael Soly, 1641. 8º (167 x 105mm). With privilege and errata, and with both title pages, as issued one with and one without the engraved device. (Short tear and small hole in the title, small hole in e1 touching a few letters, a duplicate of O2 bound after Pp3.) 18th-century roan, flat spine gilt in compartments, morocco label, sides with blind triple-rule border, edges sprinkled red (front joint starting, spine panel worn, extremities rubbed). Provenance: William Charles de Meuron, 7th Earl Fitzwilliam (1872-1943).

FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF DESCARTES' MAJOR WORK, a complement to his Discours, and 'one of the most original achievements of philosophical literature' (Williams). RARE: ABPC records just two selling at auction in over 35 years. En français dans le texte 90; Guibert, p.42-; Tchemerzine IV, 289; Williams, Descartes, 1978, p.20.
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