London: printed by W.B. for A. and J. Churchill, 1706. Hardcover. Item #42126
1st edition. All Original Period tooled calf with raised band and spine label. 8vo, [iv], 336 pages. Often credited as a founder of modern “liberal” thought, Locke pioneered the ideas of natural law, social contract, religious toleration, and the right to revolution that proved essential to both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution that followed. Six substantial pieces compiled by Locke’s literary executors, Peter King and Anthony Collins, with Locke’s instructions. Contents are: (1) The Conduct of Understanding, (2) An Examination of P. Malebranche’s Opinion..., (3) A Discourse on Miracles, (4) Part of a Fourth Letter on Toleration, (5) Memoirs Relating to the Life of Anthony, First Earl of Shaftesbury, and (6) Locke's ingenious New Method of a Common-Place-Book. The latter first appeared in French in 1686 in the Bibliothèque Universelle, and Shaftesbury's memoirs also first appeared in French (1705 in Bibliothèque Choisie). Those two make their first English appearance here, and it is the first appearances in print for the other four. Locke's "Of the Conduct of the Understanding" was especially popular and was reprinted numerous times.. It was intended as a later addition to his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, but Locke was unable to incorporate this in a later edition before his death. Yolton 299; NCBEL II, 1835; Pforzheimer 609. Attig 724. Hinges cracked, but hinges very solid and strong. Owner’s label and name on blank front endpapers. Paper bright white, Very attractive copy in what appears to be the original 300+ year old binding. (KH-10-11).