Characteristicks of men, manners, opinions, times. In three volumes. By the Right Honourable Anthony, Earl of Shaftesbury. The fourth edition (3 volume set)
No place (London): No publisher (Printed by John Darby), 1727. Fourth edition (first was in 1711). Three volumes. pp (6), iv, 364, including frontispiece portrait and collective title with engraved vignette by Simon Gribelin; 443; (4), 391, , (54, Index). Each volume has a separate title leaf. Engraved Gribelin headpieces. Old brown calf sides, period 20th century rebacking with raised bands, labels, gilt ornament. On each front pastedown is the armorial bookplate of Samuel Allen (motto "Dum vivo, spero") and small circular label of Battle Abbey (ruined abbey on the site of the Battle of Hastings); in the top margin of each front free endpaper is the 1960 ownership inscription of Robert A. Fenn, of London; Volumes 1 & 2 have the bookplate of M.P. Grace. Partial cracks to some inner hinges but all quite firm, endpaper tanning and foxing, in all a VG+ set, text clean, tight, and unworn, externally quite attractive. A nice set of one of the most influential philosophical books of the 18th century in England and elsewhere, the work uses the phrase "moral sense" for the first time and it was a foundational text for the Scottish school of ethical philosophy. 2.5 kg parcel.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover