The Works of John Locke.

LOCKE John (1722.)


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Second edition. Three volumes. Folio. [6], xxviii, 575, [1, blank], [index, 16]; [2], 671, [1, blank], [13, index], [1, blank]; [6], 668, [15, index], [1, blank] pp., Vol. 1 with engraved frontispiece after George Virtue and engraved Latin epitaph styled after the tablet in the church at High Laver, head- and tailpieces throughout all volumes. Some minor foxing to final leaves of Vol. 2, leaf Oooo3 dog eared, otherwise internally clean and crisp. Contemporary calf, spines with five single raised bands outlined in gilt, the second panels lettered in gilt on red morocco labels, covers panelled in blind with double gilt fillet borders, red speckled edges (extremities lightly rubbed, boards slightly scuffed, Vol. 1 with small chip to foot of spine, otherwise an excellent set). London, for A. Churchill.

First published ten years after Locke's death in 1714, the first volume contains Locke's canonical Essay Concerning Human Understanding, as well as his Letter to the Lord Bishop of Worcester in response to criticism of his Essay. The second volume brings together Locke's principle economic and political writings, including Two Treatises of Government and the 'Toleration' letters. The final volume includes Locke's empiricism in practice in Some Thoughts concerning Education, as well the various Posthumous works. 


"The Churchill brothers, Awnsham and John, had published most of Locke's acknowledged and unacknowledged publications, and owned the right to republish them. ... To justify their including such anonymously issued works as the 'Toleration' letters, Two Treatises of Government, The Reasonableness of Christianity and its two Vindications, they prefaced their edition with a note 'To the Reader' quoting that part of the codicil to Locke's will wherein he acknowledged his authorship of them" (Yolton, p. 399). 


Volume Two a mixed state, the title page in the second state with imprint of "Awnsham Churchill", with the first state pagination errors to pages 15, 315, 400, 657, and 664, of which all but one were corrected in the second state. 


Provenance: engraved bookplate of Christopher Tower, Esq. Weald Hall, to the front pastedowns of each volume. 


Yolton, John Locke: A Descriptive Bibliography, 364. 

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