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The Landscape, A Didactic Poem. In Three Books. Addressed to Uvedale Price, Esq.
London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. Shakepsare Printing-Office and sold by G. Nicol. 1794 - FIRST EDITION. 4to, 262 x 208 mms., pp. [ii], 77 [78 blank], 3 engraved plates (2 folding). BOUND WITH: PHILLIPS (Charles); The Emerald Isle: A Poem. Dedicated , by Permission, to his Royal Highness the Prince Regent. Embellished with A Full Length Portrait of Brian, Kind of Ireland. Fourth Edition. London: Printed for J. J. Stockale., 1813, ,4o, 262 x 208 mms., pp [vii] vi - viii], [9 - 159 [160 blank], engraved ("by A. Freschi. from a Plate in Dublin College Library"). 2 volumes in 1, bound in contemporary tree calf, rebacked with old darkened gilt spine laid down, black morocco label. A very good copy, with the bookplate of the antiquary and engraver Joseph Strutt (1749–1802) on the front paste-down end-paper. Richard Payne Knight (1751–1824) developed an interest in aesthetics in his 30s, and this was the first expression of his ideas, which were based to some extent on Archibald Alison's Essay on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790). This was the work that led to a twenty-year exposition by Knight, Price, and others on the aesthetics of taste in general and garden design in particular. The Monthly Review commented in 1794 "We have perused this poem with a mixture of pleasure, disgust, and surprize; and we will endeavour to communicate to our readers some of the sensations which, on this occasion, we have experienced." The reviewer liked the poetry but found the aesthetic principles jejune and dubious. Phillips' Emerald Isle "gained Phillips an invitation to the table of the distinguished Irish advocate and judge John Philpot Curran" (ODNB). Although the poem was said to have been very popular, it did attract some hostility in volume 16 The Quarterly Review: "The poem did not belie the promise of the dedication; it is a perfect stream of praise, a shower of roses on every person who is named in it, from alpha to omega." What led Joseph Strutt, or another previous owner, to bind these two works together is anybody's guess. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB]
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