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An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue; in two Treatises. I. Concerning Beauty, Order, Harmony, Design. II. Concerning Moral Good and Evil
Printed for J. Darby, A. Bettesworth et al., London 1726 - Octavo. xxvi, (1) 304pp. Original blind-stamped decorative calf with gilt lettering on spine. Raised bands. Though the name of the author does not appear in the title, a dedication to John Lord Cateret is signed Francis Hutcheson. Regarded as one of the earliest modern writers on aesthetics Hutcheson and was appointed Chair of Moral Philosophy in Glasgow, succeeding his master Gershom Carmichael in 1729. Hutcheson's philosophical system is founded on the observation of human nature, and in these works he elaborates on the correlation between beauty and goodness, harmony and pleasure, respectively the moral good and evil, virtue and vice. Hutcheson was an important influence on David Hume and Adam Smith and the American historian Norman Fiering names Hutcheson as one of the "most influential and respected moral philosophers in America of the eighteenth century (Moral Philosophy at Seventeenth-Century Harvard: A Discipline in Transition, 1981, p. 199)."Inside cover contains bookplate of Samuel Bosanquet Esq. (1700-1765); his son, also named Samuel, was Governor of the bank of England from 1791-1793. Sam Bosanquet 1729 inked to top of title page. Front cover separated but present; back cover attached but cracked at joint. Binding with wear along edges and rubbed. Block with sporadic foxing throughout. Binding in overall poor, interior in good+ condition. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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