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THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY. Written with a view of fixing the fluctuating IDEAS of TASTE
London, printed by J. Reeves for the Author, and sold by him at his house in Leicester-Fields, 1753. FIRST EDITION 1753, 4to, approximately 260 x 205 mm, 10ΒΌ x 8 inches, engraved frontispiece (Columbus Breaking the Egg - see below), title vignette, 2 large folding plates dated March 5th 1753, pages: xxii, (4), 1-153, (3 - Catalogue of Hogarth prints for sale), bound in full panelled speckled calf, narrow gilt patterned border plus blind decoration to the panels, gilt decorated raised bands, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, edges speckled red, new endpapers. Frontispiece slightly trimmed in upper margin and inserted on a tab, neat early signature to top margin of title page, very few fox spots here and there, mainly on pages next to folding plates, rear of plates a little dusty. Plate 1: tiny split at foot of 1 fold, small split to the middle of a horizontal fold, both neatly repaired with white linen binder's tape, Plate 2: righthand margin trimmed off, the other margins slightly foxed. A very good clean copy. Columbus Breaking the Egg is a 1752 engraving by Hogarth which was issued as the subscription ticket for his treatise on art, The Analysis of Beauty. It depicts an apocryphal tale (the "Egg of Columbus") concerning Christopher Columbus's response to detractors of his discovery of the New World. Hogarth uses the story as a parallel to what he considered his own discoveries in art. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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