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Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. And on the Proceedings in certain Societies in London relative to that event. In a Letter intented to have been sent to a Gentleman in Paris. By the Honourable Edmund Burke. The Eighth Edition. Dublin, Printed by William Porter for J. Sheppard, W. Watson et al, 1991. 20.5 x 12.5 cm. iv, 356 pages. Contemporary speckled calf. Gilt title and decorations. See images. Very good condition. Some shelf wear, rubbing and bumping. Material losses to spine ends and rear board leather. See images. Edges and end papers age darkened. Ex Libris of previous owner on front paste down. Pencil inscription on front free end paper (’‘Right Honourable Rev. Richard Ponsonby from ? Mason ? …’). Pages 119 to 122 poorly bound in with long closed across page and worn edges. A few pencil lines and annotations.

Provenance: from the library of Richard Ponsonby with his Ex Libris on front paste down.
Richard Ponsonby was a distinguished Clergyman of the Church of Ireland. He was born at Dublin in 1772, the third son of William Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby of Imokilly and Louisa Molesworth. He was educated at Kilkenny College, and at the University of Dublin, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1794, and Master of Arts in 1816.
During 1795, he was ordained deacon on 1 March and priest on 27 November and was installed prebendary of Tipper in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin on 2 December. He succeeded by patent to the precentorship of St. Patrick’s on 25 July 1806, and dean on 3 June 1817. Ponsonby was elevated the episcopate when he was consecrated bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora on 16 March 1828 and was translated to Derry on 21 September 1831. Under the Church Temporalities (Ireland) Act 1833, he became bishop of Derry and Raphoe on 5 September 1834 when the two dioceses were united. He was president of the Church Education Society and died at the Episcopal palace in Derry on 27 October 1853.
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) was an Irish statesman, economist, 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.
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.
In his ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’, Burke asserted that the revolution was destroying the fabric of good society and traditional institutions of state and society and condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church that resulted from it.
In the 19th century, Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals. Subsequently, in the 20th century, he became widely regarded, especially in the United States, as the philosophical founder of conservatism.
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Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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