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Treatise Concerning Heaven And Hell
1800. Signed. SWEDENBORG, Emanuel. A Treatise Concerning Heaven And Hell, And of the Wonderful Things Therein, as Heard and Seen, by the Honourable and Learned Emanuel Swedenborg… Translated from the Original Latin. Chester: Printed by C.W. Leadbeater, 1800. Octavo, contemporary cloth boards, paper spine label, uncut. $4500.Fourth edition in English of Swedenborg’s important treatise on Heaven and Hell (1778), an especially memorable association copy belonging to English poet laureate Robert Southey, signed and dated 1805 on the title page by him, this copy with the distinctive flowered cloth covers that were created by Southey’s devoted daughters.This exceptionally scarce association copy of Emanel Swedenborg’s Treatise concerning Heaven and Hell (1778) belonged to English poet laureate Robert Southey, and contains with his signature and date of 1805 on the title page. Swedenborg, a scientist, mystic, philosopher and theologian, wrote this Treatise based on visions during which he claimed to have actually visited heaven and hell. His mystical experiences inspired and influenced a number of important writers, including Blake, whom Southey read and whose ideas he considered extreme. Southey, who with Wordsworth and Coleridge made up the enormously influential Lake Poets, was Poet Laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843, when he was succeeded by Wordsworth. Southey’s “style has long been regarded as masterly in its ease and clarity” (Kuiper, 1055). His daughters had a hobby of covering his books in flowered chintz; indeed, the boards of Southey’s copy of this work are covered in flowered cloth. Southey referred to the books with such covers as his “Cottonian Library,” after the library put together by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton in the 17th century, which formed the basis of the British Museum. Armorial bookplate. Pencilled notations on provenance to front pastedown.Text generally fresh with light scattered foxing; mild soiling, some loss to spine of cloth covers. A highly desirable, extremely good copy with an important literary provenance.
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