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VICO, Giambattista.

De nostri temporis studiorum ratione

[with] De antiquissima Italorum sapientia ex linguae Latinae originibus ereunda libri tres (1710); Risposta nella quale si sciogliono tre gravi oppositioni fatte da dotto signore (1711); Risposta all'articolo X. del tomo VIII. del Giornale de' l

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107432
Naples, Felice Mosca, 1709
£15,000

An exceedingly scarce Vico sammelband, comprising four first edition works.

De nostri temporis studiorum ratione, or 'On the Study Method of Our Times', is an oration comparing classical political-philosophical thought with the modernists, especially modern jurisprudence, drawing attention to what the two can learn from each other. It is described by Healey as 'perhaps the most brilliant defence of the humanities ever written' (p294) and is rich with Vico's reflections about educative methods.

Notably, this volume includes Vico's first major publication, Liber Primus Metaphysicus, which contains the fullest statement of the verum factum principle. The principle states that truth is verified through creation and not, as per Descartes, through observation. This anti-Cartesian philosophical standpoint in De antiquissima sapientia was to continue for a further two books, the Liber Secundus Physicus and Liber Tertius Moralis, yet these were never completed.

In response to criticism of De antiquissima sapientia by the Giornale dei

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First editions; four works in one volume, 12mo, (15.5 x 9.5 cm); small woodcut device to titles, woodcut headpieces and initials, some leaves browned, scattered light foxing; later quarter brown morocco, gilt lettering to spine, raised bands, some wear to boards and extremities, corners slightly rubbed, marbled endpapers, overall a good firm copy; 126, [2]; 130, [2]; 48; 93, [3]pp.

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