An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding - John Locke 1700 - Printed for Awnsham and John Churchil at The Black-Swan in Pater-Noster-Row, London - Fourth Edition, with large Additions ‘He that would seriously set upon the search of Truth, ought in the first Place to prepare his Mind with a Love of it. For he that Loves it not, will not take much Pains to get it; nor be much concerned when he misses it.’

Fuelled by the arguments of philosopher Francis Bacon, this large and beautifully bound edition of ‘Concerning Humane Understanding’ contains Locke’s essays on the range and limitations of human knowledge in respect to God and the universe. Often regarded as the birthplace of experimental psychology, this is an important and influential work.

The fourth edition was the last to be printed in his lifetime, and includes his editorial changes, as well as two previously unpublished chapters titled, ‘
On the Association of Ideas’ and ‘Enthusiasm’.

With an engraved frontispiece portrait of John Locke by P. Vanderbanck after Sylvester Brounower.
  Considered one of the most significant and influential thinkers of the 18th century, John Locke has influenced everyone from scientists, philosophers, theologians, to the founders of the American Revolution.

Provenance: Thomas Watson, with his signature dated 1790 to verso of frontispiece. Mary Taylor with her name to head of title page. Marginalia in at least two contemporary hands, and small, neatly hand-written essay opposite the first page of book I, which is difficult to decipher.


Reference:
Printing and the Mind of Finely bound to contemporary style in recent full panelled calf, red morocco title label lettered in gilt, new endpapers.Man, 164. Locke, John ‘An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding.’ Book IV, Chapter XIX, pg. 422.

Quarto (33cm x 21.5 cm) pp. [2] [2 Title page and verso] [4 Dedication] [10
Epistle to the Reader] [23 Contents] [1] 438 [11 Index] [1 Errata] [4].
  Finely bound to contemporary style in recent full panelled calf, red morocco title label lettered in gilt, new endpapers.   Condition: Very good. uniformly toned pages, annotated in margins in a somewhat contemporary hand, page 15 with some loss to edge not affecting text. In fine recent binding.   Ref: 108536   Price: HK$ 19,000