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CONDILLAC, Étienne Bonnot de (1714--1780)
Essai sur l'origine des connoissances humaines. Ouvrage où l'on réduit à un seul principe tout ce qui concerne l'entendement humain. Tome premier (second).
A Amsterdam chez Pierre Mortier, 1746.
2 vols ; 16.7 cm. (12º)
I: xxiv, 265, [1] p.
II: [4], 292 p.

Anonymous. By the Abbé Condillac. This is the first edition of his first book; his most influential work, the Traité des sensations, was first published in 1754. A lifelong friend of Rousseau, he was largely responsible for the systematic establishment in France of Lockian sensationalism and his ideas later became influential on English thought, contributing to the development of psychology a science. Barbier II, 235.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on front pastedown of vol. I 2 vol 0-2-0 and on the front free-endpaper of vol. II Mr. Soane / 13 Holborn Row / side. The same unidentified hand, probably not Soane's, has also inscribed a copy of vol. II of Pierre de La Touche's L'art de bien parler françois, 1630 (q.v.). Cypher of Greek letters(?) in ink on rear pastedown of vol. I.

Binding C18th calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and black spine-labels.

Reference Number 3721


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