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Renati Des Cartes Principiorum...
Bookseller: Athena Rare Books ABAA
Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 +  = half-title _... More
Johannem Riewerts, Amstelodami [Amsterdam] 1663 - TP + [i]-[vii] = Præfatio + [viii] = Ad Librum + [ix]-[xiv] = Index + 1-90 +  = half-title _ 93-140; Small Quarto. First Edition. (Kingma-Offenberg 1)First Edition of Spinoza's First Book - Explicating Descartes.Spinoza's first work is the only one published during his lifetime that identified him as the author and had the correct information on the printer-publisher. Spinoza's two later works (Tractatus & Opera) were very much his own radical thought (rather than a reworking of Descartes ideas as here) and so were necessarily published anonymously and listing false information about the printer-publisher on the title page. He radical nature of Spinoza's thought and the dangers of publishing such materials in this time and place are brilliantly explained in Jonathan Israel's Radical Enlightenment (Oxford, 2001). Here Spinoza presents an exposition of Cartesian philosophy but he has recast it using his own geometrical method of reasoning and presentation. The origins of this work are interesting and clearly explained by the author himself in a letter to his friend, Oldenburg, that was written shortly after publication: "Some of my friends asked me to make them a copy of a treatise containing a precise account of the Second Part of Descartes' Principia Philosophiæ , demonstrated in the geometric style, and of the main points treated in metaphysics. Previously, I had dictated this to a certain young man to whom I did not want to teach my own opinions openly. They asked me to prepare the First Part also by the same method, as soon as I could. Not to disappoint my friends, I immediately undertook to do this and finished it in two weeks. I delivered it to my friends, who in the end asked me to let them publish the whole work. They easily won my agreement, on the condition that one of them [Lodewijk Meyer], in my presence, would provide it with a more elegant style and add a short preface warning readers that I did not acknowledge all the opinions contained in this treatise as my own, since I had written many things in it which were the opposite of what I held, and illustrating this by one or two examples. One of my friends, to whose care the publishing of this little book has been entrusted, has promised to do all this and that is why I stayed for a while in Amsterdam." (Nadler, Spinoza, A Life, p. 205)This rather straightforward - though completely reformatted - exposition of Descartes is followed by the Cogita Metaphysica (Metaphysical Thoughts- pp. 91-140 - with its own title page) which is written from the Cartesian perspective (defending, for instance, the freedom of the will) but with some serious foreshadowing of Spinoza's later doctrines. Contemporary vellum boards professionallhy rebacked with a nicely matching vellum spine. With two small contemporary annotations fading ink on pages 122 & 124 (4 lines & 6 lines respectively). Overall, a lovley copy of this first and rather rare work by Spinoza. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Less
Price: 12500.00 USD
Harvard Class of 1870 Photographic...
Harvard University) [Warren, George Kendall, photographer]
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA
Harvard University, [Cambridge 1870 - Harvard's First Black Graduate, One of the "Talented Tenth" Of particular interest is the portrait of Richard... More
Harvard University, [Cambridge 1870 - Harvard's First Black Graduate, One of the "Talented Tenth" Of particular interest is the portrait of Richard Theodore Greener, Harvard College's first black graduate and the first black graduate of a top-tier university (Slater, "The Blacks who First Entered the World of White Higher Education" p. 48-9). "Among the representative young men of color in the United States--and now, happily in the process of time, their name is legion--Richard Theodore Greener has undisputed standing" (George Washington Williams, HISTORY OF THE NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA FROM 1619 TO 1880, p. 438).Born in Philadelphia and raised in Boston, Greener (1844-1922) was light complected, having several European ancestors, though he never attempted to "pass" as white. His early schooling was erratic--after his father left for California to prospect for gold, Greener was forced to take various clerk and hotel jobs to help support his family. Employers noted Greener's intellectual gifts and encouraged him in a self-directed course of study. Greener also began attending political and abolitionist lectures and was eventually able to resume his formal education when a benevolent employer sponsored his enrollment at Oberlin. He then studied two years at Phillips Academy, Andover, and was accepted to Harvard in 1865."He lived alone in the dorm and struggled through his freshman year, which he had to repeat. [.] Although he did not report hostilities, he found his classmates continually curious and confused by him. Rumors spread that he was an escaped slave, that he had no prior education, or that he had served in the Civil War" (Ardizzone, AN ILLUMINATED LIFE, p. 19). Greener graduated with high honors, and his many awards include first prize in Boylston Declamation, First Bodwoin for a Dissertation, and the Boylston Prize for Oratory (Williams, p. 439).Greener went on to a distinguished career in education, law, and civil rights: "Greener was a reflection of the professional elite, the "Talented Tenth" of the Negro race, whose accomplishments the leader W.E.B. Du Bois believed would both persuade white America to endorse social and political equality and actively help other members of the race to improve their educational, cultural, economic, and political standing. [.] Du Bois had specifically identified Greener as a member of this special group [.]" (Ardizzone, p. 15). Upon graduating, he held teaching positions in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. before accepting a professorship at the University of South Carolina during its brief Reconstruction-era experiment in integration. While there, Greener became the school's first African-American librarian, earned his law degree, and worked tirelessly to advance African-American rights and education. He later served as Dean of the Howard University law school and continued to practice law for much of his life--most notably defending West Point cadet Johnson C. Whittaker. Greener also wrote and lectured on African-American topics, debating Frederick Douglass on the issue of black migration (cf. Woodson, NEGRO ORATORS, pp. 453-487). Greener's daughter, Belle da Costa Greene, "passed" as white, and would go on to a brilliant career as J.P. Morgan's librarian. An immensely important and rare item, a document from the tragically brief period of Reconstruction-era gains in civil rights for blacks. The yearbook includes one portrait of Greener SIGNED by him beneath the image; additionally, Greener appears in the Thayer Club ("Commons") group photo and the Class of 1870 group photo. The photographer, George Kendall Warren (1824-1884), was a distinguished northeastern landscape photographer and the most highly-regarded collegiate yearbook photographer to elite northeastern institutions: Dartmouth, Williams, Brown, Wesleyan, Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, West Point, Union, and Harvard. Full panelled brown morocco over bevelled boards, rubbed; spine titled in gilt, "Class Album. Harvard 1870" and on front cover, "Willard T. Perrin."; Less
Price: 12500.00 USD
Livre-tableau contenant des exercices...
Bookseller: Hugues de Latude
Procure générale des Frères, Paris 1878 - In-plano. [530 x 390 mm] Collation : (40) pp. Cartonnage imprimé bleu de l'éditeur.... More
Procure générale des Frères, Paris 1878 - In-plano. [530 x 390 mm] Collation : (40) pp. Cartonnage imprimé bleu de l'éditeur. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Illustrated by 26 original photos, showing a child articulating a letter or a syllable. This teach-book was used to teach the articulation and the reading on the lips of the deaf-mutes. The only one copy in OCLC is in Paris. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Monumental livre utilisé pour enseigner l'articulation et la lecture sur les lèvres des sourds-muets. Il est illustré par 26 photographies originales collées d'un enfant articulant une lettre ou une syllabe (de format 9 x 6,5 cm environ) et de nombreuses gravures lithographiées. Le volume est monté sur une tige en bois qui permettait de le suspendre verticalement dans une salle de classe. Très rare. Le seul exemplaire dans OCLC est à la Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de santé de Paris. Tout l'ouvrage a été imprimé à Tours par Juliot sur des pages cartonnées. Ce livre est "un ensemble d'exercices préparés pour les leçons d'articulation et de lecture sur les lèvres. Il a pour but de faciliter au maître l'emploi simultané dans l'enseignement de la parole aux sourds-muets. Chaque page porte en tête quelques photographies donnant l'aspect du visage au moment de l'articulation des lettres étudiées dans la leçon; ces lettres sont tracées en doubles caractères imprimés et manuscrits. De cette manière le sourd-muet a sous les yeux les deux principaux signes de la parole : le visage pour la parole articulée et l'écriture pour la parole représentée. Ces deux signes s'identifient en quelque sorte pour le sourd-muet : l'un quelconque lui rappelle l'autre. La vue fréquente des photographies lui rend l'acte de la parole comme permanent; cet aspect frappe ses yeux comme le son frappe nos oreilles; et c'est le point de départ de la lecture sur les lèvres. La page est terminée par une collection de gravures représentant les principaux objets nommés, et formant ainsi une leçon de chose." Il est mentionné sur la couverture que l'auteur est un "Frère des Ecoles chrétiennes" sans autre précision. Manque au coin inférieur de premiers tableaux, pages salies, le livre a servi. Less
Price: 15010.00 EUR