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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. With Introductory Discourse concerning Taste, and several mother Additions.
London: J. Dodsley, 1782 - Octavo (214 × 123 mm). Contemporary vellum in the style of, and perhaps by, Edwards of Halifax, flat spine, label and tail-band of blue-wash to spine, compartments divided by a gilt Greek key roll, and gilt alternately with a repeated lozenge and cinquefoil roll, and a patterned zig-zag, milled gilt edge-roll, edges marbled green , gilt Greek key to the turn-ins, pink surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, and lightly soiled, pale toning on the text, but remaining highly attractive, a very good copy. Ninth edition, first published in 1757. The Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable treatise"; and Kant describing Burke as "the foremost author" in "the empirical exposition of aesthetic judgements" (Writings and Speeches, 1.187-8). "His enduring achievement was to have tackled a difficult subject in a fashion accessible to any educated reader" (ODNB). This copy with the bookplate of Dalton Hall, the home of Hornby family, whose extensive estates straddled the Lancashire-Westmorland border. Later bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, Lancashire retail chemist and bibliophile, whose main library of naval history was complemented by a subsidiary of collection of eighteenth-century literature in well-preserved contemporary bindings. ESTC T42257; Todd 5i
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