London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
LEIBNIZ, Gottfried Wilhelm von (1646-1716). Opera omnia. Geneva: de Tournes, 1768. 6 volumes, 4° (242 x 189mm). Half title, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author in volume I, 42 plates, mostly folding, one folding letterpress table, woodcut headpieces and initials (scored inscription on all titles save for vol.II, some browning and waterstaining). Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments, lettering-pieces (with some repairs).
FIRST EDITION of Leibniz's Works. 'Leibniz was one of the last "universal men" of the type which the Italian Renaissance had ideally postulated: philosopher, historian, mathematician, scientist, lawyer, librarian and diplomat. In all these fields either the actual achievements or his seminal suggestions have become part and parcel of European thought' (DSB). (6)
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