Two vols, 8vo, pp. , cvi , 348; , 519, ; some foxing and light offsetting, else a good copy in contemporary cloth-backed marbled boards, spines decorated and lettered gilt, extremities rubbed and worn.
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First edition, edited by Barbier, containing correspondence with Diderot, Grimm, Holbach, Morellet, and others.
Einaudi 2327; Goldsmiths’ 22017; INED 1947; Quérard III, p. 241.
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First edition. ‘Young’s own estimate of this book is that it is one “in which for the first time, the facts and principles of Norfolk husbandry were laid before the public”, but important as these facts were ... the book is more valuable than Young would have us believe. It laid before the public “the fact and principles” of the husbandry of a line of country from Bradfield to London and from London to South Wales, and the details given were quite all-inclusive. They comprised the crop rotations, the implements used, the cost of labour and provisions, which often varied surprisingly in a few miles, the size of farms, and the horses or oxen employed on holdings of different sizes ... Passing reference is [also] made to local industry, such as the manufacture of Witney blankets, and useful facts and figures about it are mentioned’ (Fussell).
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First edition of the first of two parts of Schröder’s Abriss, edited by E. Müller and published posthumously in 1909 and 1910. Committed to the reform and development of logic, Schröder debuted in this field with a fundamental revision of Boole’s logic of classes, which emphasized the notion of the duality in logical multiplication and logical addition introduced by W. S. Jevons in 1864. ‘Although Jevons and Frege complained of what they saw as the “mysterious” relationship between numerical algebra and logic in Boole, Schröder announced with great clarity: “There is certainly a contrast of the objects of the two operations. They are totally different. In arithmetic, letters are numbers, but here, they are arbitrary concepts.” He also used the phrase “mathematical logic”’ (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Schröder’s declared aim in the field of logic was to facilitate the exact manipulation of relative concepts, and pave the way for a scientific ‘universal language’ built on signs rather than sounds.