A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
1823, published by Thomas McLean, Haymarket
Small hardback. Rebound in plain binder's cloth. 15.5 × 10.5cm, xvi + 262pp
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful is a 1757 treatise on aesthetics written by Edmund Burke. It was the first complete philosophical exposition for separating the beautiful and the sublime into their own respective rational categories. It attracted the attention of prominent thinkers such as Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant.
This copy is in good condition for age. The cloth is in good shape but faded to the spine. The contents remain in strong readable condition though with light spotted foxing throughout.