6020. First edition of Herder's magnum opus 1784-91

Object description
HERDER, JOHANN GOTTFRIED. (4). Ideen zur Philosophie der Geschichte der Menschheit. I-IV. Riga - Leipzig (Johann Friedrich Hartknoch) 1784-91.

Small 4:o (about 198x149 mm.). Lacks last preliminary leaf in vol. II (probably blank or with printer's name).
Contemporary brown half calf, somewhat worn, spines richly gilt with orange and green labels. Some foxing. Bookplate of the Austrian diplomat Norbert von Bischoff in all volumes. 4 volumes.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1681.
First edition of Herder's magnum opus. Writings on China in vol. II pp. 15-23 and 294-305; vol. III pp. 5-22.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).