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BURKE, Edmund.

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.

With an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste.

Chiswick: Printed by C. & C. Whittingham, sold by Thomas Tegg, R. Jennings, and Richard Griffin and Co., Glasgow, 1825 Stock Code: 142413
£225.00
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An attractively printed and bound copy of Burke's great work on aesthetics.

First published in 1757, the Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable treatise"; and Kant describing Burke as "the foremost author" in "the empirical exposition of aesthetic judgments" (Writings and Speeches, 1.187-8). "His enduring achievement was to have tackled a difficult subject in a fashion accessible to any educated reader" (ODNB). The book was also fundamental to subsequent discourse about the sublime in Romantic literature and art.

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Duodecimo (127 x 78 mm). Contemporary purple straight-grain morocco, spine lettered in gilt, compartments ruled in gilt with foliate blocking in gilt and blind, gilt rule to covers, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges.

Illustrations

Engraved vignette title page.

Condition

Contemporary presentation inscription to initial binder's blank. Colour expertly retouched in a couple of patches, presenting nicely in an attractive binding without wear or further restoration, the contents clean and crisp.

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