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PROSPECTUS OF A COURSE OF LECTURES ...
Prospectus of a course of lectures, historical and biographical, on the rise and progress, the changes and fortunes, of philosophy, from Thales and Pythagoras to the present times; ... by S.T. Coleridge, Esq.
[London]: [1818].
3, [1] p. ; 24.1 cm. (4°)

Drop-head title; final verso blank. The Prospectus announces that the course will comprise 'fourteen lectures, to commence on Monday evening, December 7, 1818'; also announced is an 'Alternate Course Of Lectures. On the Thursday evenings, in the same room, Mr. Coleridge will give a course of six lectures, each having for its subject some one play of Shakespear's, ... [commencing] Thursday, December 10, 1818 ...'. . In fact the substantive course of the lectures commenced on 14 December 1818 running until 29 March 1819, alternating the last seven of these with the (Thursday) course on some plays of Shakespeare, along with lectures on Milton, Dante, and other classics of medieval and Renaissance literature. 'The Crown & Anchor [on Arundel Street, south of the Strand] ... was one of the biggest and most popular venues in London, with a long tradition of public meetings and events and in the 1790s had been associated with radical and controversial causes'. On 29 March 1819 '... it was crowded with Highgate friends, as well as the young men of the City, medical students from Guy's Hospital, and painters from the Academy ...' (See R. Holmes, Coleridge: darker reflections (London 1998), pp. 489, 493). Soane had been to Chelsea during the day and spent the evening at home unwell. (SNB). Coleridge's lectures on philosophy have been published posthumously, most recently as Lectures 1818-1819 on the history of philosophy, edited by J. R. de J. Jackson, Princeton, 2000 (The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 8:1 and 2). These supersede Kathleen Coburn's edition: The philosophical lectures of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1949. The lectures on Shakespeare and Milton are included in Lectures 1808-1819 on literature, edited by R.A. Foakes, Princeton, 1987 (The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 5).

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink at the foot of p. 3 The Courses are postponed to the 14th and 17th, in consequence of the late public event, i.e. the death of Queen Charlotte on 16 November and her funeral on 11 December 1818. Ink sketch of a dome on the blank final page.

Binding Loose bifolium.

Reference Number 5979


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