Anregungen für philosophisch-wissenschaftliche Forschung und dichterische Begeisterung, in einer Reihe von Aufsätzen eigenthümlich der Erfindung nach und der Ausführung …

Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1825.

8vo, pp. xxiv, 792; pp. [xvii]–xxiv (table of contents) misbound into the final gathering; a nice, clean copy in contemporary marbled stiff-paper covers, a little rubbed, remains of paper label to spine.

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First edition, rare, of a comprehensive discussion by the author of his personal philosophy, with c. 50 pages of his poetry thrown in at the end for good measure. Samuel Hahnemann refers to the work in Die chronischen Krankheiten (1828–30), calling Buquoy a ‘deep-thinking, many-sided scholar and indefatigable investigator of truth’. He also notes Buquoy as a practical connoisseur of homeopathy.

Born in Brussels into a distinguished noble family and educated in Vienna and Prague, Buquoy (1781–1851) took over his uncle’s entailed estates in Bohemia at the age of 22, where he set about introducing improvements in the various local industries, such as glass manufacture. The several glass factories were renowned for the quality of their production, especially of hyalith (black opaque glass, in imitation of stone), the recipe for which was discovered by Buquoy himself in 1816; the finished articles were sold in Prague and Carlsbad and also exported to a wider European market, including Vienna and Budapest. Although a student of law and philosophy, Buquoy’s interests were broad, and included mathematics, technology, physics, chemistry and economics. His Die Theorie der Nationalwirthschaft (1815–8) is an early ‘strikingly modern’ work in that latter field (see Robertson , ‘Mathematical economics before Cournot’, Journal of Political Economy LVII (1949), 527). Schumpeter calls Buquoy ‘a very interesting man: a great Austrian nobleman, very wealthy, very radical (as an old man he took part in the revolution of 1848) … Man and writings are forgotten unjustly, so I think’ (History of Economic Analysis, p. 502).

Not in OCLC or RLIN, which list 2 copies only (Yale and Princeton) of the 1827 edition.

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