Publisher's grey-black boards. With red spine label and embellishment, lettered in gilt. All edges red. Boards rubbed and bumped. Neat paper repair on page 451, not affecting text. Previous owner's bookplates, one on front pastedown, the other on front free endpaper. Previous owner's small neat ink ownership inscription on front pastedown. Housed in a full mococco clamshell. Overall a very good copy.
In his work, Edita und inedita Schopenhaueriana, Eduard Grisebach, recounts the dispersal history of Die Welt als Wille un Vorstellung as follows: "On February 9, 1820 not even 100 of the original 750 copies had been sold. On November 29, 1828 there were still 150 copies in the warehouse. During those intervening eight years it is known that the publishers mulched a considerable number of this edition for needed paper. In 1830 the records show that another 97 copies were destroyed for the same reason." It is thought that the lack of sales was due to the controversial contents and the "modern" mind of Schopenhauer.
"The notions which had been forming in his mind about man's nature and destiny now found expression, and the conviction that scientific explanation could never do more than systematize and classify the appearances which we call reality led him to assert that it is the will and the passions which are the real determinants of all intellectual life. He was studied by Wagner and Neitzsche, both of whom paid tribute to the influence he had on them; and Herbert Spencer did much to spread the knowledge of his theories" (PMM 279).
"As much as he opposes the traditional German Idealists in their metaphysical elevation of self-consciousness (which he regards as too intellectualistic), Schopenhauer stands within the spirit of this tradition, for he believes that the supreme principle of the universe is likewise apprehensible through introspection, and that we can philosophically understand the world as various manifestations of this general principle. For Schopenhauer, this is not the principle of self-consciousness and rationally-infused will, but is rather what he simply calls Will a mindless, aimless, non-rational urge at the foundation of our instinctual drives, and at the foundational being of everything. Schopenhauer's originality does not reside in his characterization of the world as Will, or as act for we encounter this position in Fichte's philosophy but in the conception of Will as being devoid of rationality or intellect." (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
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