Mental Perceptions. Inscribed with permission to, and specially patronised by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York.
Ferris, Sarah.

London: Printed for the Author by D.N. Shury, 1807. First edition. Bookplate mostly removed (perhaps from a library). A little very light foxing. Still overall a very good, uncut copy. First edition of a scarce work of philosophy by a young woman. Aimed at a young audience, it includes observations on sensations, pleasure, the imagination, etc., and quasi-scientific speculations on such subjects as “the modifications of the brain w Twelvemo. xxiii, 168 pp. (Item ID: 7533)

$750.00

An essay in moral philosophy, with observations on sensations, pleasure, the imagination, etc., and quasi-scientific speculations on such subjects as “the modifications of the brain which go before, or accompany, any agreeable sensation.” With references to Plato, Epicurus, and Spinoza. The text gives the impression of an intelligent young woman; as far as we can determine, however, this is the author's only publication.

OCLC notes six copies, two at Harvard, and one each at the Newberry Library, Princeton, York University in Ontario, and Cambridge University. Stanford also owns a copy.

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