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Shaftesbury’s Illustrations for Characteristicks (1732)

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The Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) was tutored by John Locke and wrote one of the most influential books of the 18th century, The Characteristicks of Men, Manners, and Opinion (1737). He included a number of illustrations designed by himself in order to complement the text. The exact meaning of these illustrations is not entirely clear.

Illustration of Shaftesbury; frontispiece to volume 1.
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Vol. 1 Title Page to the three volume set.
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Volume 1 Title Page.
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Volume 1 Preface, p. xxi.
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Volume1, image accompanying "A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm", p. 3.
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Volume 1, illustartion accompanying "Sensus communis: An Essay on the Freedopm of Wit and Humour", p. 39.
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Volume 1, illustration accompanying "Soliloquy: or, Advice to an Author", p. 97.
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Volume 2, Title Page.
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Volume 2, illustration accompanying "An Inquiry Concerning Virtue, or Merit", p. 3.
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Volume 2, illustration accompanying "The Moralists, A Philosophical Rhapsody," p. 103.
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Volume 3 Title Page.
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Volume 3, illustration accompanying "Miscellaneous Reflections", p. 3.
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Volume 3, illustration accompanying "The Judgment of Hercules", p. 231.
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Last modified April 10, 2014