Logica, o sia arte del ben pensare.

Naples, Raimondi, 1773.

8vo, pp. [xvi], 234, [10]; author’s name stated at end of preface; occasional very light browning or spotting, some very discrete modern pencil annotations and corrections in Italian and English; contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled spine decorated in compartments, gilt lettering-piece, all edges sprinkled in blue; joints cracked but holding, slight loss to spine ends and to gilt lettering-piece, spine somewhat worn, a few worm-holes affecting only the margins of marbled end-papers; a good copy of a scarce book.

£2250

Approximately:
US $3149€2551

Make an enquiry

First edition, very rare (one other copy only traced, in Italy), of Francesco Longano’s treatise on logic.

Longano (1728-1796) was a key player not only in the theoretical development of the Italian Enlightenment: his thoughts on freedom and equality, although only rarely organised in a systematic philosophy, sprang from thorough observation of features of Southern Italian society and, once crystallized in theory, turned back to inform action and programs of reform.

A pupil of the economist and reformer Genovesi, and an admirer of Locke, Longano’s early interest in philosophy evolved into active criticism of social structures founded on inequality and exploitation, then re-emerged in its more theoretical form in Longano’s late production of the 1790s. Longano’s perceptive synthesis of the Western logical tradition spans from Aristotle to Bacon, Descartes, Locke, Wolf, Condillac and Hume.

Only one copy of this work has been located in a public library (University of Sassari, Italy) and there are no auction records of it in the last thirty years.

You may also be interested in...

PSYCHICAL INVESTIGATIONS JAMES, William (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist.

Autograph letter signed (‘Wm James’) to Mrs Thaw.

An interesting letter written to a Mrs Thaw regarding the expenses being claimed by Hereward Carrington, manager of the Italian spiritual medium Eusapia Palladino, during her tour of the United States in 1909.

Read more

CARNAP, Rudolf.

The first photograph shows Carnap and his wife outside their house and is signed and, in another hand, dated 1959 as having been taken in Santa Monica. The second photograph is of Carnap and is dated 1960, signed and inscribed “Der lieben Erna, in alter Freundschaft”. This refers to Erna Lowenberg (1906-1993), a Viennese friend, who we presume to have annotated the photographs. An extensive correspondence from the Carnaps to Lowenburg is held at the National Library of Austria.

Read more