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DESCARTES, RENÉ Les Passions de l'ame

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Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $
Zuschlagspreis:  6.250 $
Los-Nr. 120, Aufrufe: 41

DESCARTES, RENÉ Les Passions de l'ame . Paris: [but Amst.: L. Elzevir for] Henry Le Gras, 1649. First edition, Paris issue. Contemporary vellum, laced spine, lettered by hand with the title on the spine, lapped foredge, all edges red. 6 1/4 x 4 inches (16 x 10 cm); [48], 1-286, [2] pp., the final leaf a blank, the work collating *-3*^(8) A-S^(8). Vellum somewhat rubbed, pastedowns stained by adhesive, new front endpaper. Some nominal toning to the paper, but generally a clean copy, a partially erased 18th century inscription (Dubuisson?) and a later name on the title, just touching the royal arms. The first edition of Descartes' important psychological treatise, the last work published in his lifetime, drawing heavily on the then-unpublished Traité de l'homme. It contains the first description of the reflex function (and the first use of the word reflex to describe it), and an extensive discussion of mind-body duality. Descartes believed that the soul was seated in the pineal gland, which mediated interaction between soul and body. Garrison-Morton 4965; Hunter & Macalpine Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry 133-34; Willems 1083; Rieber 130. C Collection from the Estate of Robert Rieber

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Auktionshaus: Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers
Titel: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
Auktionsdatum: 13.04.2016
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