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Lot 449

(German Philosophy) von Humboldt, Cousin, Ulrici, Tholuck, Ewald, et al. A collection of 12 letters, in German and French, addressed to E.F. Young in Newton, Massachusetts between 1853-69, discussing German philosophy and regarding a translation of Johann Erdmann's book on German philosopy, to be directed toward the English-speaking public. Included are two 1855 Autograph Letters Signed with good content by Alexander von Humboldt, the famous naturalist and explorer, who asserts that "Intellectual freedom is harder to achieve than political freedom"; a transcription of a third 1855 letter is included (original not present). Also, Two Autograph Letters Signed by Victor Cousin, the French philosopher whose Eclecticism influenced the Transcendentalists for a time; he mentions Hegel, Reid, Dugald Steward, Sir William Hamilton, and Royer-Collard, and wonders how German philosophy could have gone from the heights of Kant to the depths of Bruno Bauer. He asks Young to translate a work of Jacobi's, which "simulataneously carries souls to virtue and to God." An Autograph Letter Signed by Hermann Ulrici discusses Erdmann's book and includes some thoughts on philosophy and theology. There are three Autograph Letters Signed by German theologian, Heinrich G.A. Ewald, and three letters from F.A.G. Tholuck, one of them with some detailed theological content. Also included is a letter from Karl Rosenbaum to Young, enclosing a copy of a famous letter written in 1798 by John Richardson to Kant (the only translated items), asking for a clarification; a manuscript copy of Erdmann's autobiography; and a few incidental papers. Items are Very Good to Fine.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.

Realized $748

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