Amstelodami (Amsterdam): Apud Danielem Elzevirium (Elzevier), 1672--1678. Editio quinta. Hardcover. Octavo (8 x 6 1/2). , 222pp; , 248pp; , 92, pp; , 191, pp; 164pp; 88pp. Rebacked binding, retaining the original blind-stamped full calf boards, with gold lettering to spine. Modern endpapers. Engraved frontispiece portrait of René Descartes. Decorative initials and tailpieces.
A collection of six of Descartes' most influential works, including the "Discourse on Method" and "Principles of Philosophy." The "Principles" is Descartes' most ambitious work. It contains a fully developed natural philosophy, including his famous vortex theory of planetary motion.
This volume contains:
- Principia philosophiæ. Ultima editio ... (1672); This work is splendidly illustrated throughout with 18 full-page, and over 60 in-text engravings.
- Specimina philosophiæ: seu, Dissertatio de methodo rectè regendæ rationis, & veritatis in scientiis investigandæ: Dioptrice, et Meteora... ultima editio ... (1672); Illustrated with no less than 7 full-page and 132 in-text engravings, as well as 2 tables.
- Passiones animæ. (1672);
- Meditationes de prima philosophia in quibus Dei existentia, & animæ humanæ à corpore distinctio, demonstrantur. ... Cum responsionibus auctoris. Editio ultima... (1678);
- Appendix, continens objectiones quintas & septimas in Renati Des-Cartes Meditationes de prima philosophia, cum ejusdem ad illas responsionibus, & duabus epistolis, una ad patrem Dinet... Altera ad celeberrimum virum D. Gisbertum Voetium. (1678);
- Epistola Renati Des Cartes ad celeberrimum virum D. Gisbertum Voetium.
Each volume has its title page adorned with the publisher's woodcut device, except for the "Epistola" which has a half-title, as issued.
It is interesting to note that this volume was printed in Protestant Amsterdam where Descartes' books were put on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1663 and were to remain on the Index 'until corrected'!
For more information, see: Willems 1545; Berghman 366, Guibert: Descartes, page 61, 12.
Corners and fore-edge of front board heavily rubbed, with some abrasion to leather. Sporadic light water-staining along paper margin, only affecting lettering of pages 185 to 194 in the first volume. Pages 193 to 200 of "Principia philosophiæ" starting, but still attached. Upper corner of pages 235-236 chipped, with some minor loss of text. A 3 3/4" closed tear to page 25-26 of "Passiones animæ." Moderate and sporadic age-toning throughout. Text in Latin. Binding in overall fair (original covers) to very good (modern spine), interior in fair to good- (Pages 185-194 of first volume) to good and very good condition. f to g+. Item #42015