Christian Garve

German philosopher, 1742-1798

Christian Garve was born to a family of artisans in Breslau. He studied philosophy in Frankfurt and Halle and briefly taught mathematics and logic at the university of Leipzig from 1770-72. Garve then returned to his family in Breslau where he worked as a book seller, publisher and translator. He gained fame for his translations of Cicero and Adam Smith and his philosophical essays and reviews. He was strongly marked by the influence of the English and Scottish Enlightenment as well as Stoic ethics. Christian Garve was one of the best-known German philosophers of the late Enlightenment along with Immanuel Kant and Moses Mendelssohn.

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Garve, Christian

Philosoph (1742–1798). Autograph letter signed („C. Garve“). Breslau. 4 SS. auf Doppelblatt. 4to.
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To an unnamed count – presumably Leopold III., Duke of Anhalt Dessau (1740-1817), known as “Prince Franz” or “Father Franz”, whom he sent one of his books. - Slightly browned due to paper; with inverted pleat; otherwise well preserved.

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Garve, Christian

Philosoph (1742-1798). Autograph quotation signed. Leipzig. 1 S. Qu.-8vo.
$ 1,627 / 1.400 € (941535/BN941535)

A three-line Greek quotation from Demosthenes' famous oration "On the Crown": "It behoves the brave to set their hands to every noble enterprise, bearing before them the buckler of hope, and to endure gallantly whatever fate God may allot" (transl.). - On the reverse is an entry by the philosopher Samuel Christian Hollmann (1696-1787): a quotation from Seneca "Vita sine litteris mors est, et hominis vivi sepultura" (dated 13 May 1771). - Slight waterstain in upper corner.

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