London: Printed for James Knapton, 1699.
Nicolas. A Treatise of Morality. In Two Parts. Written in French by F. Malbranch, author of The Search after Truth. And Translated into English, by James Shipton, M.A. London: Printed for James Knapton, 1699.
First English edition. Octavo (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 190 x 117 mm). , 126, 114, [4, publisher's advertisements] pp. Each part with separate pagination. With two final advertisement leaves. We could not find any other copies at auction in the past 50 years.
Contemporary full calf. Boards ruled and stamped in blind. Spine with red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Edges stained red. Some light and mostly marginal toning and dampstaining throughout. Head of the spine repaired. Corners a bit bumped.Leaf B8 is trimmed a half-inch along the fore-edge, not affecting text. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. Overall a very good copy.
This is the first English translation of the Traité de Morale.
Malebranche is now recognized as a major figure in the history of philosophy, occupying a crucial place in the Rationalist tradition of Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz.
Wing, 319, ESTC R10000