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
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.
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.
Engraved vignette title page.
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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