Hanover: Christian Ritscher, 1789. First and only edition of a philosophical manual written by the fourteen-year old Baroness Philippine von Knigge (1775-1841). She was the daughter of Adolf von Knigge (1752-1796), author of several satirical novels and best known for Über den Umgang mit Menschen (1788), “a work of practical wisdom on the conduct of life” (Garland). In later years, Philippine von Knigge translated Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s life of Swift, together with her father (1795), and wrote by herself Lebensregeln aus den besten ältern und neueren Schriftstellern (1799). All of her works are rare. Silhouette portrait vignette on title-page. Spine ends, edges of boards rubbed. Occasional light foxing. Former owner’s rubberstamp on front free endpaper and dedication page. A very good copy. Contemporary brown cloth over decorative boards, paper spine label with title in manuscript. Small octavo. 162 pp. Item #15545
This highly original work, for the young author states that no other work has been consulted, is the fruit of lessons in philosophy given by her father, and is published here that it might benefit women interested in the subject. It is divided into five sections: 1) of ideas or concepts; b) of symbolic knowledge; c) of judgments and theses; e) of conclusion and syllogisms. The whole is introduced by a preface detailing the use of logic and its place in philosophy, and concludes with some practical examples.
OCLC locates ten copies worldwide, but only three in the English-speaking world: the Universities of Texas and Illinois, and Princeton.