Berlin: Christian Friedrich Voß, 1761. First edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes bound in one. 8vo. 256pp. 228pp. Original stiff tan paper boards. Ex libris of Samuel Mendelsohn, the famous American rabbi and scholar, as well as signature of Rav Moses Mendelsohn to inside of front board. Fore- and bottom page edges untrimmed. Copper-engraving frontispiece. Illustrated title page. Volume I: Vorrede. Ueber die Empfindungen. Gespräche. Volume II: Rhapsodie; oder, Zusätze zu den Briefen über die Empfindungen. Ueber die Hauptgrundsätze der schönen Künste und Wissenschaften. Ueber das Erhabene und Naive in den schönen Wissenschaften. Ueber die Wahrscheinlichkeit. Includes bibliographical reference. Age wear to binding. Minor worming to inside of front wrapper and frontispiece. Sporadic foxing throughout. Overall clean and tight. In Gothic script. Printed on high quality cotton rag paper. Binding in good-, interior in overall very good condition. Rare first edition. vg. Item #18961
This is the second work by Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786). the acclaimed Hebraist, rabbi, translator of the Hebrew Bible [into German], and pioneer of the Haskalah-Movement. As Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions mentions, in this work Mendelssohn "began his formulation of a new psychological theory that stressed the autonomy of aesthetics, logic and ethics relative to each other." (p. 710).