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LESSING, G. E.

Laokoon: oder über die Grenzen der Mahlerey und Poesie.

Mit beyläufigen Erläuterungen verschiedener Punckte der alten Kunstgeschichte.

Christian Friedrich Voss, Berlin , 1766 Stock Code: 104638
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First edition of Lessing's best known work outside Germany, a discussion of the limits and limitations of all the arts. "It contains the first clear statement of the truth, which is now considered axiomatic, that every art is subject to limitations, and can achieve greatness only by a clear understanding of and self-restriction to its proper function" (PMM).

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Description

Octavo (198 x 123 mm). Contemporary marbled paper boards, printed paper spine label, edges stained red.

Condition

Joints and corners worn, with partial loss of marbled paper, spine label defective, front free endpaper removed. Occasional light browning, more severe in places and with the odd marginal stain. Withal a very good copy.

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