[London]: Printed for J. Mawman in the Poultry, 1801. Octavo. Item #028440
Frontispiece, engraved vignette title page.  ii-ix,  pp. contents,  2-420,  ii-x pages, originally published in German, this edition translated from the French by J.B. Mercier. Known for his work in medicine and philosophy, his emphasis was on the meaning of life which required reflection and meditation. Goethe read Faust to him shortly before its publication. Thoreau was influenced by it. This edition is engraved by F. Barolozzi (1727-1815). Edward Francis Burney (1746-1848) was the illustrator. His painting of his cousin, Francis Burney, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Besides his sculpture on Handel, his works were known for his use of satire and allusion. The beautiful binding was designed for Joseph Pocklington (whose bookplate is present). He was one of the most prominent who made his home in the Lake District. He bought an island on Derwentwater where he built a castle where he organized the Keswick regattas. Bound in full calf elaborately decorated in gilt, nicely rebacked with the old spine laid down, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. A very handsome copy.