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DUBOS, Abbé Jean-Baptiste (1670--1742)
Réflexions critiques sur la poësie et sur la peinture. Par M. l'abbé Du Bos, ... Septiéme édition. ...
A Paris chez Pissot, 1770.
3 vols ; 16.9 cm. (12º)
I: [10], 523, [1] p.
II: [8], 594 p.
III: [6], 384, 395--432 p.

The Réflexions, first published anonymously in 1719, were extremely influential on French art criticism, and in particular on Laugier's Essai, 1753. (See W. Herrmann, Laugier and eighteenth-century French theory, 1985, p. 38ff.) In 1808 Soane bought a copy of the 1748 English translation by Thomas Nugent (q.v.).

Copy Notes Volume I inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. This may be the copy of 'Abby [sic] Du Bos -- Reflections Critiques ... 3 v.' apparently bought by Soane at the Playfair sale on 10 January 1795, lot 8, for 1 guinea, according to a copy of the Christie's sale catalogue (q.v., copy 2) in which the lots bought for Soane are annotated with the prices paid.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and green spine-labels.

Reference Number 2132


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