Vorlesungen über die Philosophie des Lebens. Ein Lesebuch für alle Stände, vorzüglich für Studirende an Universitäten.
8vo. XVI, 280, (2) pp. Contemporary giltstamped calf with giltstamped spine and spine title label. All edges red.
A pocket-sized compilation of lectures held by the Austrian writer and dramatist Hoffmann (1760-1806) as professor for German language at the University of Pest in 1789. He discusses philosophical and religious ethics, self-knowledge, the Enlightenment, and sensuality. In addition to the dedication to Emperor Leopold II, some copies include an extra dedication to either Elector Carl Theodor of Bavaria or Friedrich August of Saxony, not present in the copy at hand.
With 19th century notes to flyleaves mentioning a wedding date, the births of two children and a sum of money owed (torn with loss) Spine somewhat worn, margins slightly waterstained. A tiny paper flaw to pp. 41f., pre-dating printing. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his signed and stamped ownership, dated 1981, to front pastedown.
VD 18, 11520388 (including an additional letterpress dedication). Petrik II, 140. Kralik, Österr. Geschichte 272. Cf. Kayser III, 170 (Schladebach in Leipzig ed.).