A philosophical inquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful with an introductory discourse concerning taste, and several other additions. A new edition

Autore: BURKE, Edmund (1729-1797)

Tipografo: J.J. Tourneisen

Dati tipografici: Basil, 1792

8vo (204x125 mm). X, [6] , 291, [1 blank] pp. Collation: A-T8 V2. Leaves in quire D misplaced, but complete. Contemporary calf gilt, lettering piece on spine, sprinkled edges (rubbed). Some foxing, a few gatherings slightly browned, but a good copy.

Originally appeared in London in 1756, Burke's essay on aesthetics and taste was reprinted several times and attracted the attention and the critique of such thinkers as Kant and Diderot. It was the first philosophical attempt at separating the beautiful and the sublime into two different rational categories.