Grundsaetze der Kritik, aus dem Englischen übersetzt, von Joh. Nikolaus Meinhard. Vienna, Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1785-6.

Vienna, Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1785-6.

Two volumes, 8vo; pp. [xvi], 675, [1]; [iv], 662; printed in gothic letter; a little light foxing, but generally a very good copy in contemporary half sheep with paper boards, paper labels to spine, edges speckled red; a few wormholes; library stamps and manuscript shelf-marks of the Augustinian conventual library at Munnerstadt to the title-pages.

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A Viennese reprint of the first German translation of the Elements of criticism, by Meinhard with the approval of Lessing, first issued in 1763-66, instrumental in the dissemination and reception of Kames’s aesthetic theories in Germany and a seminal publication in the formation of pre-Romantic aesthetics.

Jessop, p. 141.

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