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William Smellie – The Philosophy of Natural History. Edinburgh, 1790

First edition of the last work published during the lifetime of the Edinburgh printer, naturalist and antiquary William Smellie (1740-95). A second volume, edited by his son Alexander Smellie, was published posthumously in 1799. Chuo 194. Smellie was one of the initiators and authors of the Encyclopedia Brittanica. His Philosophy of Natural History ‘became a […]

Thomas Reid – Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, 1785

4to, xii, 766, [2] pp., contemporary tree calf, spine ruled gilt with black morocco label, rubbed with slight loss to foot of spine, Thomas Reid’s ink signature tipped onto front pastedown, ownership inscription ‘W. Ewing Maclae, 1798’ on front free endpaper, a few neat early annotations in two margins, isolated spots, a very nice copy in an unrestored binding, with an appealing Scottish provenance.

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