SPINOZA, Baruch (later Benedictus de, 1632-1677). Opera posthuma. [Edited by Jarrig Jellis, the long preface translated from Dutch into Latin by Lodewijk Meijer. Amsterdam: Jan Rieuwertsz], 1677.
4o (203 x 162 mm). Collation: *-*****4; A-Z4 Aa-Kk4; Ll-Zz4 Aaa-Ccc4; Ddd-Zzz4 Aaaa-Mmmm4; A-P4 (*1r title, *1v blank, *2r preface, *****3r table of contents, *****4r divisional title-page to Ethica; A1r Ethica; Ll1r Politica, Yy2r De emendatione intellectus; Ddd1r Epistolae et ad eas responsiones, Hhhh4r index, Mmmm4r divisional title-page and preface to Compendium; A1r Compendium grammatices linguae Hebraecae, P1r table of contents, P2r index, P4v errata). Roman, italic and Hebrew type. Woodcut title vignette, initials, illustrations. Engraved portrait of Spinoza after *****4. (Occasional pale browning and spotting, occasional marginal paper flaws, not affecting text.) Contemporary Dutch vellum, manuscript title on spine (spine with horizontal split at head, affecting title, front hinge partially split at head); cloth folding case.
Provenance: Franciscus Sabinus: contemporary inscription on title-page (ex libris Doc:ris Francisci M:ae Sabini) and notation on verso of final blank (é il famoso Benedetto Spinoza, e l'edizione é Olandese. L'editore é poi stato un tale Jarrig Jellig. Sabini) -- Sotheby Parke Bernet, 13 April 1978, lot 216 (to Lathrop Harper).
FIRST EDITION of Spinoza's most influential philosophical work. Ethics, the modern classic of pantheism, argues that God is the immanent principle of the universe, undetermined or infinitely self-determined. Spinoza's thinking combined religion and science in a unique and revolutionary way. His views greatly influenced Herder, German Romanticism, Schelling and Hegel.
The work contains his Ethica, Tractatus politicus, and Tractatus de intellectus emendatione, as well as letters and a Hebrew grammar written at the request of friends. Spinoza's correspondence is particularly interesting, providing easier access to his philosophy, as well as dealing with optics, the telescope and his views on Descartes. A FINE COPY. Kingma and Offenberg 15; Norman 1988; Van der Linde, p.175.