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Biographia Literaria;
London: Rest Fenner,, 1817. or Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions. 2 volumes, octavo (210 × 128 mm). Later 19th-century ochre half morocco by J. B. Hawes of Cambridge, spines in compartments with raised bands and gilt titles and fleurons, marbled sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Half titles in both volumes and 3 pages of publisher's advertisements at the rear of volume two. Spines very slightly tanned, tiny nicks to corners, some light spots to the leather of volume one, occasional spotting within, very good condition indeed. First edition, with the half titles and advertisements, notably untrimmed in a signed later 19th-century binding, of Coleridge's autobiography, a monument to the Romantic movement and Coleridge's role in it, in which literary criticism and philosophy are inextricable from biography. In Biographica Literary, which is utterly characteristic of him in its fragmentary and digressive form, Coleridge recounts his friendship with Southey and Wordsworth, describes the important influences on his personal philosophical development (and, it should be inferred, through him to the the rest of the English Romantic scene) of early German philosophers such as Kant, Fichte and Schelling, while offering searching criticisms of Wordsworth's poems and making his famous distinction between 'fancy' and 'imagination', expressing the difference between a mechanical making and a creative artistic power linked to the divine. The second volume includes a detailed criticism of the social theory of the preface to Lyrical Ballads, to which he himself had contributed. This copy is from the library (though without ownership mark) of Scottish publisher Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896), founder, with his older brother Daniel, of Macmillan & Co - J. B. Hawes were one of the Cambridge binderies used by Macmillan.
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