Item #66819 Oeuvres choisies. Etienne Bonnot de CONDILLAC.
Oeuvres choisies

Oeuvres choisies.

Paris, 1796.

The Compact Edition of Condillac’s Works

CONDILLAC, [Etienne Bonnot de]. Oeuvres choisies. Tome premier. Grammaire. Art d’écrire. Dissertation sur l’harmonie du style. [Tome second. Art de raisonner. Art de penser. Logique, ou premiers dévelopemens de l’art de penser. Traité des animaux]. Paris: 1796.

Two quarto volumes. [6], 539, [1, blank]; [4], 559, [1, blank] pp. Nine folding engraved plates of diagrams.

Contemporary mottled calf. Spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with brown and black morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges decoratively tooled in gilt, edges stained red, marbled endpapers. Small hole (paper flaw) in 492 (pp. 387/388) in Volume I, just touching a few letters, a few minor marginal paper flaws, not affecting text. Occasional minor browning and spotting in Volume II. Early ink annotations on front flyleaf of Volume I. An excellent copy.

“Condillac [1714-1780] entered into intellectual life at just the juncture when...French thought was, with some little affectation, disowning the legacy of Descartes and adopting that of Newton and Locke. In consequence of the junction between physics and the empiricist account of the mind, epistemology and psychology became virtually the same subject in the French Enlightenment. Condillac contributed to the synthesis more decisively than did any other writer. The development of Condillac’s thought is recorded in a very coherent way in his main works: L’essai sur l’origine des connaisances humaines (1746); Traité des systèmes (1749); Traité des sensations (1754); Traité des animaux (1755); La logique (1780); and La langue des calculs, which was left incomplete and published posthumously” (D.S.B.).

This compact edition of selected works contains Grammaire, Art d’écrire, Dissertation sur l’harmonie du style, Art de raisonner, and Art de penser, which had formed part of the Cours d’etude. The second volume ends with works not included in the Cours d’etude: Logique and Traité des animaux, which the anonymous writer of the preface says have been edited with great care, while the orthography adopted in this edition is that of Condillac himself.

HBS 66819.


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Item #66819