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LOCKE, John (1632-1704). An Essay concerning Humane Understanding. London: Eliz. Holt for Thomas Basset, 1690.
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LOCKE, John (1632-1704). An Essay concerning Humane Understanding. London: Eliz. Holt for Thomas Basset, 1690.

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LOCKE, John (1632-1704). An Essay concerning Humane Understanding. London: Eliz. Holt for Thomas Basset, 1690.

2° (317 x 193mm). (Title and early quires somewhat soiled and stained, spotting to end leaves.) Contemporary mottled calf (extremities worn, joints cracking, library mark at base of spine, endpapers replaced). Provenance: occasional corrections in a contemporary hand.

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Although begun as early as 1671, Locke's masterpiece of empirical philosophy was finally brought to completion during his years of exile in Holland (January 1684-February 1688) where he was attended by a distinguished literary circle. Few philosophical works have received such immediate and lasting recognition; it was the bedrock for enlightenment thinkers leading John Stuart Mill to describe Locke as 'the unquestioned founder of the analytic philosophy of mind'. Attig 228; Grolier English 36; Norman 1380; Pforzheimer 599; PMM 164; Wing L-2738.
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