Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin and D. Hall, 1752. First. hardcover. Very good. Item #2102033
The very rare true first edition of what is considered the first textbook in philosophy published in America. Two parts in one volume, 8 vo. Johnson was a professor at Yale (for two years Yale's only teacher) and later founded Columbia University, where he was their first President. Although a prominent church leader, Johnson secularized college education, eliminating the religious admissions test and replacing the teaching of religious morality with moral philosophy, using this, his first textbook. Johnson was a leading figure in American enlightenment. Housed in a custom-made cloth slipcase. Evans 6859. Johnson turned down Franklin's request that he cofound the University of Pennsylvania.