Copenhagen: Trykt paa Gyldendals forlag, 1798. First edition. A German language edition was published in Copenhagen in the same year. We have no idea which preceded, but publication was likely virtually simultaneous. Both editions are rare: OCLC notes three copies of the present edition in North America (Columbia, Northwestern, and Saint Olaf College); it lists no copies of the German edition in North America. Light shelfwear. A very good, crisp copy. Contemporary mottled sheep, gilt spine with gilt red morocco label, edges sprinkled blue. Small octavo. 12], 340 pp. Item #16201
Niels Treschow (1751-1833) was a Norwegian philosopher, educator, and politician. He was one of the firsts to introduce Kantian philosophy first to Norway, and then to Denmark, though he was critical of Kant's epistemology. His first book was on Kant (Forsøg om Guds tilværelse af theoretiske grunde: i anledning af den kantiske philosophie 1794). We do not know how it relates to the present work, though it was about a third as long. He was elected a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters in 1790. He was professor at Copenhagen University from 1803 to 1813. He became a professor at the newly established University of Oslo in 1813 and was one of only five professors influential in forming the university during this first period. Today, the main building of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo is named after him.