Practical Philosophy

[Cosens (Frederick William, former owner)]

Practical Philosophy

of Genius, Mind and Action in the Association and Pursuits of Life Forming a Hand Book to Intellectual Knowledge. By a Septuagenarian.

Description: manuscript in ink on various papers mounted on album leaves, sometimes written directly onto the album leaf, sometimes 2 or more slips per page and some of these folded over, possibly in more than one hand, title within red ruled borders, ff. [i], 50, folio, late 19th-century dark purple hard-grained morocco by Zaehnsdorf, French fillets on sides, rebacked, from the library of Frederick William Cosens, with his bookplate, and note by him (see below), good

Publication Details: [England: c. 1835]

Notes: A curious commonplace book. The possible date of its composition, or part of it anyway, is a reference to Disraeli having 'cashiered his radical curls, and Count d'Orsay ... left alone in his glory', and the 1830s are consistent with the hand-writing. However, some passages seem to have been written considerably earlier. Thus we may suppose that the Septuagenarian assembled the volume from his earlier commonplace books. Cosens, wine merchant and a redoubtable book-collector, was sufficiently intrigued by the MS as to write to Notes and Queries about it in February 1879 appealing for informatio...more

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Price: £1,000

Subject: Literature

Published Date: c. 1835]

Stock Number: 56942

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