Publisher: Amsterdam: Chez Henri Schelte, 1700.
Edition: First French edition.
Bibliographical References: Yolton 91.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 26987
Description4to, contemporary polished calf, marbled endpapers, red morocco spine label, attractive floral gilt decorations on the spine, gilt lettering. Frontis portrait.
CommentsThe first French translation of an Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and an important edition, translated by Pierre Coste with the assistance of John Locke, who "was very interested in having his Essay available to a wider audience than might be reached by the English editions" - Yolton. Preceding the translator's introduction is a letter from Locke "A Monseigneur le Comte de Pembroke et Montgomery" and following the introduction is Locke's "Monsieur Locke au Libraire," in which he endorses the quality of the translation. The errata on the final page of the contents in this copy is in its earliest recorded state, with 33 errata listed. Bookplate of Robert S. Pirie on the front paste-down.