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ZIMMERMANN, Johann Georg.

An Examination of the Advantages of Solitude;

and of its operation on the heart and mind; with an enquiry into its prejudicial influence on the imagination and passions. Translated from the German. With explanatory notes. To which is prefixed, a biographical account of the author, and a sketch of his character and works.

London, Published by James Cundee, 1805 Stock Code: 125527
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Delightful edition of Zimmermann's most important work, presented here in a fine period binding, originally published as Von der Einsamkeit (1754), expanded as Betrachtungen über die Einsamkeit (1756) and amended and enlarged 1784-5. "In all these works Zimmermann propagated the ideal of a life lived in withdrawal from superficial society, while at the same time criticizing monastic isolation as being conducive to fanaticism" (Klemme & Kuehn, p. 880). In his entertaining study of the Gothic novel, Montague Summers refers to Zimmerman's work as "a book in England universally admired" (The Gothic Quest, 1968 ed.).

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2 volumes, octavo (185 x 110 mm). Contemporary blue straight-grain morocco, smooth spines gilt-lettered direct and divided by gilt fillets, rope-twist rolls and bands of wavy lines and dots, sides with gilt thick-and-thin fillet border enclosing concentric blind and gilt frames, gilt circle-and-dot roll to turn-ins, French Shell pattern marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Zimmermann by K. Mackenzie, vignette title page, and 7 (of 8) engraved plates.


Lacking one plate ("The Tame Birds", vol. I, p. 316) although this has apparently never been present. Bookplate of the bibliophilic chemist Robert J. Hayhurst (to vol. I). Spines very slightly faded, a few minor marks to morocco, light rubbing to extremities, light foxing to plates, otherwise very good.


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