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Immanuel Kant – interleaved copy with a student’s sketch

8vo, xxiv, 232 pp. with the errata leaf, contemporary marbled boards very rubbed and worn at corners, spine and label renewed, title-page with taped repairs to edge and inscription 'ex Bibliotheca Wilmus[?]', the first 12 pages with underlinings in early ink, interleaved, with contemporary annotations in a rather hasty German cursive on 43 of the blank pages, and a humorous sketch on the rear pastedown of 'Dr. Imm. Kant en miniature' with the word 'Logik' emerging from his mouth, an interesting copy.

Logik. Ein Handbuch zu Vorlesungen. Königsberg: Friedrich Nicolovius, 1800.

First issue of the first edition. Adickes 104. ‘Between 1755, when he received the venia legendi, and 1796, when he ended his teaching activity, Kant taught logic some 30 times. In accordance with the requirements of the Prussian ministry of culture, his course lectures were built around a recognized text, G. F. Meier’s 1752 Auszug aus der Vernunftlehre. Kant did not merely present Meier’s views, however, but commented on and criticized these as he thought appropriate; his own copy of Meier was full of marginal notes and interleaved with notes on separate bits of paper. When in 1799 he entrusted G. B. Jäsche with this material for the compiling of a logic text, the thought was presumably of a Kantian logic organized around Meier’s framework. Since logic plays such a prominent role in the Critical philosophy, one would expect the Jäsche logic to be viewed as an important tool for the interpretation of the Critical philosophy. But dissatisfaction with it was evident right from its original publication in 1800’ (Hoke Robinson, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 38.4, 2000, p. 603).

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