Essays in Criticism.London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1910-13 Stock Code: 145814
An attractive prize binding of Matthew Arnold's essays. It includes his manifesto "The Function of the Critic at the Present Time", which argues that criticism should be "the disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world", and which continues to have a significant influence on literary critics today.
The first series was originally published in 1865, and the second after Arnold's death, in 1888.
2 volumes, octavo (175 x 114 mm). Contemporary prize binding of tree calf, spine lettered in gilt, compartments decorated in gilt, Wellington College stamp to front cover in gilt, gilt panel to covers, marbled edges and endpapers.
Prize bookplate to front pastedown of vol. I. Spine and boards worn at extremities, some fading to edges, marginal marks to three pages with orange pencil, otherwise clean, light foxing to endpapers, first few pages folded at upper outer corner. A very good copy.
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