A Letter concerning the Art or Science of Design, written from Italy, on the occasion of the Judgement of Hercules, To My Lord...[sic], by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

Scope and Content

The title appears on p.1 with motto from Virgil; headed, p.3, "A Letter concerning Design"; "signed", p.23, from Naples, March 6, N.S., 1712, as "Shaftsbury".

Administrative / Biographical History

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury was a Whig politician and moral philosopher.(At the request of his grandfather, the philosopher John Locke had superintended part of his childhood education.) After a number of political setbacks, and dismissal from the appointment as Vice-Admiral of Dorset, Shaftesbury left England for Holland. In 1711 he went to Naples and died there in 1713

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Hofmann, February 1974


In English

Additional Information

The text was added to the 5th edition of the author's Characteristicks