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(HELVETIUS, Cl. A. ) - De l'esprit. Tome Premier [- Second].

Amsterdam/Leipzig, Arkstee & Merkus, 1759. Sm 8vo. In 2 vols. W. woodc. vigns on titles. Very good contemp. half clf., over speckled marbled brds., spines gilt, w. red titleshields. (marbled covers a few scratches).[n2, *8, 2*4, A-P12, Q3; n2, *2, A-Q12]. (II (half title, verso blank), II [printed title in red and black, verso blank], XXIV, 365; I (blank)pp; II (half title, verso blank), II (pr. title, verso blank), IV (Contents), 383, I (blank) pp.). (Part 1 a few lvs in the beginning a vague watersp.). (Bookplates on upper paste downs 'Büchersammlung von Lastrow zu Kanzlershof'). Barbier II, 178: Biogr. Univ. IX, 247/8: Helvetius was a French writer and philosopher. The first ed. (1758) was burned by the authorities in 1759: Ellenberger, 623/33: 'The idea that the central drive in human nature is the striving for superiority has been expressed often and in many ways. Helvetius held that the mainspring of human action was a wish to be as powerful as possible in order to control others and thus to be alble to gratify one's passions'. Comp. Caillet II, 5046 (does not mention this ed.):
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