Description: PHILOSOPHY -- (HEMSTERHUIS, F.). Lettre sur l'homme et ses rapports. Paris (=The Hague, Dumas), 1772. 242 pp., last blank. 12°. Cont. cf. w. gilt rolls allong borders of sides, gilt spine raised in compartments, inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. (Spine ends partly chipped, slight wear to edges and outer corners, but in perfect condition). 'Lettre sur l'homme et ses rapports' was Hemsterhuis' principal work. Encycl. of Phil. III, p. 474: "Through what Hemsterhuis calls the "moral organ" man is aware of an immediate relationship with God. The moral organ is also responsible for the feeling of relation, rapport, that man has with thousands of other men, and the development of such relations is dependent on the perfection of the moral organ. This theory leads to an individualistic concept of man's moral duties, which is one of the reasons for Hemsterhuis' influence on the German philosophy of 'Sturm und Drang' and romanticism." - Rare first edition. Copy on large paper (as all copies are), printed for private circulation only. Bound by the Micke Bindery, The Hague, cf. Storm v. Leeuwen III, p. 690 and Id. 'Frans Hemsterhuis' binders and some bindings on Lettre sur l'homme'. In: The Book Collector (2001), 202-16; Stoddard 4a. From the library of Buijnsters/Smets and with their bookplate.
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