1726 GERMAN PHILOSOPHICAL LEXICON First Edition SIGNED by J. F. CLASSEN Important Association Copy in Vellum Covers
PHILOSOPHISCHES LEXICON: Darinnen Die in allen Theilen der Philosophie, als Logic, Metaphysic, Physic, Pneumatic, Ethic, natu?rlichen Theologie... by Johann Georg Walch.
LEIPZIG: Verlegts Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens seel. Sohn, 1726. FIRST EDITION.
Vellum Covers, spine tooled in gilt, all edges stained red, , 3048 (columns),  pp., frontispiece portrait of Walch plus engraved initials and headpiece in the Introduction, 5.5x8.5 inches (14x21.5cm).
The first major philosophical dictionary in German, with words from "Abend" to "Zwietracht".
SIGNED and DATED by JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (aka J. F. Classen), with his SIGNATURE and the date 1753 at the bottom corner of the front free endpaper.
GOOD PLUS Condition: Soiling and light wear to the vellum covers, spine gilt somewhat faded; inner pages age toned with scattered faint marginal soiling and foxing, text largely unaffected. Overall a complete, fully legible, and amazingly solid copy of this 1726 philosophical dictionary / lexicon.
RARE 1726 FIRST EDITION and an IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY with the Signature of J. F. Classen. Books with the stamp and marks of the Classen library that was built after his death are not uncommon, but books with his actual signature are rarely seen.
About JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (from Wikipedia):
******Johan Frederik Classen, frequently known simply as J. F. Classen, b.1725 d.1792, was a Danish-Norwegian industrialist, major general, landowner and founder of Det Classenske Fideicommis. He served as chancellery adviser to King Frederik V.
A patron of literature, Classen bought books at home and abroad until he had amassed a large library. In his will Classen left all his assets and possessions to a charitable foundation, Det Classenske Fideicommis. It was to be used "to educate good people...and to help to alleviate poverty and misery." The fund still has considerable assets.
The Classen Library (Danish: Det Classenske Bibliotek) in Amaliegade in Copenhagen was built at the time of Classen's death in 1792 to house his extensive library of some 20,000 volumes. It was a public library in Copenhagen, Denmark, the third largest library in the city, surpassed only by the Royal Danish Library and Copenhagen University Library. It existed until 1867 when it was merged with the Copenhagen University Library.****** (Read much more about J. F. Classen on his Wikipedia page.)
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