1755. Item #84535
[VON HALLER, Albrecht] ZIMMERMANN, Johann Georg. DAS LEBEN DES HERRN VON HALLER. Zurich: Heidegger and Company, 1755. First edition. , 430 pp,  + 14 pp. smaller (7.25 x 4.25 inches) handwritten booklet tipped in at rear, what appears to be an index. 8vo., original 18th century paper covered boards, worn, but rather appealing. Binding tight. Occasional pencil notes in margins and underlining. Ex-library with a few small inkstamps, no external markings. Title page partially detached at bottom edge. Complete. Zimmerman was a student of von Haller and a relation by marriage; he later was known for his influential philosophical works, including Von der Einsamkeit (On Solitude), which went through many editions. Includes a bibliography of von Haller's works to 1755 at rear of volume. As for von Haller, "the quantity of work achieved [by Haller] in the seventeen years during which he occupied his Gottingen professorship was immense. The classwork aside, there was the newly organizing a botanical garden, an anatomical theatre and museum, an obstetrical school, and similar institutions, while he carried on without interruption those original investigations in botany and physiology, the results of which are preserved in the numerous works associated with his name; he continued also to persevere in his youthful habit of poetical composition, while at the same time he conducted a monthly journal (the Gottingische gelehrte Anzeigen), to which he is said to have contributed twelve thousand articles relating to almost every branch of human knowledge. He also warmly interested himself in most of the religious questions, both ephemeral and permanent, of his day; and the erection of the Reformed church in Gottingen was mainly due to his unwearied energy. The twenty-one years of his life which followed were largely occupied in the discharge of his duties in the minor political post of a Rathausmann which he had obtained by lot, and in the preparation of his Bibliotheca medica, the botanical, surgical and anatomical parts of which he lived to complete; but he also found time to write the three philosophical romances Usong (1771), Alfred (1773) and Fabius and Cato (1774),in which his views as to the respective merits of despotism, of limited monarchy and of aristocratic republican government are fully set forth." - Wikipedia. Blake, p. 4.