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Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In Three Volumes

Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of. / Gribelin, Simon – (Illustrator).

Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times. In Three Volumes. The Second Edition, Corrected. [This is the sought after, first posthumous Edition with Emblematic Engravings by Simon Gribelin / Shaftesbury worked on this edition for two years in Naples prior to his death]. By the Right Honourable Anthony, Earl of Shaftesbury.

[London], [John Darby, Jr.], 1714 / 1715. Octavo. Pagination: Volume I – Portrait – Frontispiece of Shaftesbury by Simon Gribelin, Emblematic Titlepage, Second Emblematic Titlepage after Simon Gribelin, 364 pages with four additional emblematic engravings set before each new Essay / Volume II – Emblematic titlepage, 443 pages with two further emblematic engravings / Volume III – Emblematic titlepage, 391 pages with one further emblematic engraving and another emblematic titlepage for the added separate titlepage for Treatise VII (″The Notion of the Historical Draught or Tablature of the Judgment of Hercules”) and 27 pages Index for all three Volumes. Hardcover / Original 18th-century bindings. Refurbished / Restored. After this set was professionally restored, the volumes are now in very good condition. The interior in especially excellent condition with the emblematic illustrations and the paper in superb quality. Bookplate of Philip Ducarel on pastedowns of all three Volumes. Philip Ducarel has also written his name of the titlepages of all three Volumes. Philip Ducarel was possibly the nephew of Andrew Coltee Ducarel (1713-1785) who became Keeper of the Lambeth Palace Library, and was an antiquary and archivist of distinction.

In 1711, Shaftesbury collected his mature works into a single volume and added to them extensive notes and commentary, naming the book “Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times”. He revised the Characteristics over the course of the next two years, up until his death in 1713. A new edition came out in 1714. Shaftesbury took great pains to design illustrations for the Characteristics, which he thought would advance his central claims as effectively as the written text (see Paknadel 1974) (Source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

The declining state of Shaftesbury’s health rendered it necessary for him to seek a warmer climate and in July 1711 he set out for Italy. He settled at Naples in November, and lived there for more than a year. His principal occupation at this time must have consisted in preparing for the press a second edition of the Characteristics, which appeared in 1713, soon after his death. The copy, carefully corrected in his own handwriting, is preserved in the British Library. (Wikipedia)

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Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times.
Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times.
Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times.
Shaftesbury, Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times.