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[Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and

[Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and

[Burke, Edmund]. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful & A Vindication of Natural Society. With an Introductory Discourse concerning Taste, and several other Additions. To which is added, A Vindication of Natural Society, after the Manner of a late Nobel Writer, by the same Author. The Fourth Edition. The Third Edition [Vindication of Natural Society]. Dublin, Printed by and for Sarah Cotter, under Dick’s Coffee-house in Skinner Row, 1766. 16 x 9.5 cm. viii [Preface], (8) [Contents], 280 pages, x [Preface], 94 pages [Vindication of Natural Society], four pages publishers list. Contemporary calf. Raised bands and red spine label with gilt title. Very good condition. Some shelf wear, rubbing and bumping. Tiny material losses to spine (see images). Name of previous owner on title page. Internally very clean. A lovely copy.

Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) was an Irish statesman and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party after moving to London in 1750. Edmund Burke is considered the father of modern conservatism.
Burke was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state. These views were expressed in his A Vindication of Natural Society. He criticised the actions of the British government towards the American colonies, including its taxation policies. Burke also supported the rights of the colonists to resist metropolitan authority, although he opposed the attempt to achieve independence.
In 1757, Burke published a treatise on aesthetics titled A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful that attracted the attention of prominent Continental thinkers such as Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant. It was his only purely philosophical work and when asked by Sir Joshua Reynolds and French Laurence to expand it thirty years later, Burke replied that he was no longer fit for abstract speculation (Burke had written it before he was nineteen years of age).
In the 19th century, Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals. Subsequently in the 20th century, he became widely regarded as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism [Wikipedia].

Publisher Sarah Cotter was possibly the sister or daughter of the bookseller Joseph Cotter, who died around 1751. She took over his business, operating under Dick’s Coffee House, Skinner Row, Dublin since 1744 and under her auspices until 1774. Cotter is one of the few women to be admitted into the guild of St Luke the Evangelist as a quarter-brother in 1756, which was usually denied to women as they were not permitted full freedom. She paid quarterage to the guild until 1770. Cotter noticed there was a market for a publisher specialising in legal works, engaging in this work with other printers as she did with Oliver Nelson and Richard Watts in the publication of Sir John Strange’s Reports of adjudged cases in the courts of Chancery (1756). She established herself as a law publisher and bookseller, issuing a Sale catalogue of law books for 1766, and advertised regularly with newspapers including the Dublin Journal and Freeman’s Journal. She fostered links with the book trade in London, importing books and appearing as the Dublin agent on London imprints.

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A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifu

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