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Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste
Published by J .J. G. And G. Robinson & Bell And Bradfute, M.DCC.XC. [1790], Edinburgh - 4to: xiii,[3],415,[1]pp. Introduction, two Essays with several parts, and Conclusion. Essay I: On the Nature of the Emotions of Sublimity and Beauty, in three chapters; Essay II: Of the Sublimity and Beauty of the Material World, in five chapters. Contemporary tree calf, smooth spine in six compartments between double fillets, red morocco lettering piece gilt, plain period end papers. An excellent wide-margined example, fresh, clean and bright; joints expertly reinforced, else virtually pristine. Lowndes 30. First Edinburgh Edition, not to be confused with the octavo Dublin edition of the same year. "An excellent and highly pleasing work." (Lowndes) Alison's essay, which influenced Hazlitt, Keats, and Wordsworth, is regarded as one of the "most readily accessible and best illustrated contributions to an eighteenth-century English and Scottish tradition of associationist psychology. Following Edmund Burke, Alison argued that taste was a consequence of the imagination's response to viewed objects, though he differed from Burke in suggesting that this response is based not on an instinctive sense but on David Hartley's thesis, commonly known as the ‘association of ideas’, in which ideas or perceptions—in Alison's work those concerned with determining the beautiful and the sublime—are generated by mental associations prompted by observation. For Alison, therefore, the aesthetic quality of an art work, a music composition, an architectural or natural form, physiognomy, or physical movement is the result of a complex ‘emotion of taste’—itself subdivided into the emotions of the beautiful and the sublime—prompted by personal association rather than by a quality integral to the studied entity. . . . To achieve a complete aesthetic response required that the association of ideas in turn stimulate what Alison termed the ‘exercise of the imagination’. In its most intense form a comprehensive response enabled the imagination to achieve a dreamlike ‘state of reverie’ which, distanced from daily reality, offers a gateway to romantic ecstasy. Only in a state of ‘aesthetic disinterestedness’, Alison argued, was it possible to achieve a pure reaction based on an unfettered combination of emotion, ideas, and imagination. . . . However, while initially and persuasively stating the relativity of the aesthetic response, Alison also argued counter to the implications of this proposal by advocating the possibility of, and indeed need for, shared standards of ‘good’ taste broadly commensurate with the classical unities of high art favoured by an educated upper class." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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