Works Of Spinoza – Elwes (1883)


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Fully titled The Chief Works Of Benedict De Spinoza, Translated From The Latin, With An Introduction By R.H.M. Elwes, this is the first english translation published by George Bell & Sons (1883 & 1884), complete in two volumes, as part of Bohn’s Philosophical Library.

Vol II also has the bookplate of renowned Australian politician and diplomat, Sir Alexander Downer. Both volumes are in very good condition.

Spinoza’s Ethics (contained in Vol II) are considered one of the core frameworks of Western philosophical thought but, curiously, he lived in relative obscurity and it wasn’t until a rush of biographical publications came to light in the late 19th century that his importance was recognised.

This translation was a major contribution to the English-speaking world.