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KNIGHT, Richard Payne (1750--1824)
An analytical inquiry into the principles of taste. By Richard Payne Knight.
London: printed for T. Payne; and J. White; by C. Mercier and Co., 1805.
xxi, [3], 471, [1] p. ; 22.2 cm. (8º)

First edition. In this influential text Knight rejects Uvedale Price's attempt in his Essay on the picturesque (1794, q.v.) to define the picturesque as an aesthetic category between the categories of 'beautiful' and 'sublime' established by Edmund Burke's Philosophical enquiry into ... the sublime and beautiful (1782 ed., q.v.), preferring the concept of an 'association of ideas' as proposed by Archibald Alison's Essays on the nature and principles of taste (1811 ed., q.v.). Soane bought the book on its first appearance in 1805, and made extensive notes from it beginning in March 1813 while preparing his second course of lectures. See Robin Middleton, 'Soane's spaces and the matter of fragmentation', in Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), p. 33.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane / 1805. With pages references added in ink to the table of contents, and a sheet of pencil notes copied from pages 9, 10 and 11 loosely inserted at page 9. Scraps of blotting paper are inserted as bookmarks at pages 73 and 217. Purchased from Josiah Taylor for 8s. 6d. on 15 June 1805. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.5).

Binding C19th blue paper boards, printed paper spine-label.

Reference Number 2554


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