New York: T. and J. Swords, 1795. xvi,456pp. In original boards, manuscript spine title. Boards rather soiled and rubbed, spine chipped, hinges cracked and starting. Light tanning, scattered foxing, rear leaves somewhat dampstained at head of gutter. A good copy in original condition. Untrimmed. A textbook on moral philosophy for Columbia students written by professor and German Reformed Church minister, Johan Daniel Gros. Gros served as a professor of German and of philosophy at Columbia from 1784 to 1795. He had previously acted as a chaplain for several American regiments during the Revolution, and also served congregations in New York and on the Pennsylvania frontier. The text is notable for its claim that it is the duty of the state to promote a natural moral order and for its denunciation of slavery. "The first treatise on Moral Philosophy written and published in America" - Sabin. EVANS 28775. SABIN 28933. ESTC W28659. (Inventory #: WRCAM51762)
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