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BURKE, Edmund (1729--1797)
[Philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful. 1782]


A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful. The ninth edition. With an introductory discourse concerning taste, and several other additions.
London: printed for J. Dodsley, 1782.
ix, [7], 342 p. ; 20.7 cm. (8°)

Anonymous. By Edmund Burke, who is first named on the title-page of the 1796 edition, also in Soane's library (q.v.). First published in 1756. The introductory essay 'On Taste' was added in the second edition, 1759. Burke's Enquiry was enormously influential in creating the move from Classicism to Romanticism, differentiating between the sublime and the beautiful by associating the sublime with terror. Thomas Sandby, whose lectures Soane attended as a student at the Royal Academy, was much indebted to Burke. Soane also owned the 1801 edition of the Works of Burke (q.v.).

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 3s., 8 July 1807. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-rolled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1822


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