1787 A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of The Sublime and Beautiful
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An important essay on aesthetics by Edmund Burke.
ESTC citation number T42258.
This treatise was the first complete philosophical work separating and defining the beautiful and the sublime. In the essay Burke holds a preference for the Sublime, rather than Beautiful, an important step which heralded the transition from the Neoclassical era to the Romantic.
Burke's essay was influential, with admirers being Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant.
This was Burke's only purely philosophical work, as an economist and Whig M.P.
Bookplate of 'Mrs. Elliott' to the front paste down. Prior owner's ink inscription to the head of the title page.
In a full marbled calf binding, rebacked. Externally, smart. Minor bumping to the extremities. Very light rubbing to the joints and extremities. Minor discolouration and a few light marks to the boards. Bookplate to the front paste down. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with some scattered spots. Ink inscription to the head of the title page.
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