Aristotle’s Treatise on Poetry, Translated: With Notes on the Translation, and on the Original, and Two Dissertations, on Poetical, and Musical, Imitation. By Thomas Twining.

  • Aristotle
  • London: Printed: and sold by Payne and Son [et al.] 1789
  • ESTC T141489.


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. xix, [i], 61, [3], *65*-*68*, 65-565, [31]. Contemporary straight-grained red morocco by Kalthoeber, boards bordered with a gilt roll inside a triple gilt rule, gilt cornerpieces, spine divided by double raised bands, second compartment gilt-lettered direct, the others with central sunburst tools, morocco hinges, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Some light spotting, one or two small paper flaws. Extremities rubbed, spine darkened, some marks and light wear. Kalthoeber bookbinder’s label to verso of flyleaf, armorial bookplate of Rugby School to front pastedown, their treatment slip (leather dressing & dusting) loosely inserted.


The first edition of this translation of the earliest surviving work of literary theory, with accompanying Dissertation, in an attractive if somewhat neglected binding by the highly-respected German emigre Christian Samuel Kalthoeber. The text, much reprinted, was 'highly praised by Greek scholars such as C. G. Heine (1729–1812) and Samuel Parr… [and] hailed by contemporaries as a significant progress in Aristotelian studies' (ODNB). Thomas Twining (d. 1804) was called to scholarship instead of entering his father's trade; his half-brother Richard took over and developed the family tea business instead.

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