Essays. On the nature and immutability of Truth, in opposition to Sophistry and Scepticism. On Poetry and Music, as they affect the Mind. On Laughter, and Ludicrous Composition. On the Utility of Classical Learning.

  • Beattie, James
  • Edinburgh: Printed for William Creech 1776
  • ESTC T138734.


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FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, 4to, pp. [x], xiv, [1], 4-757, [1]. Contemporary calf, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, red morocco label, other compartments with central decorative gilt lozenge. A little light spotting. Slightly marked, extremities a touch rubbed, some creasing to spine. Armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Headfort to front pastedown.


A relatively fresh and attractive copy of the first collected edition of these essays, including Beattie's first and most significant philosophical work, the essay on truth, a polemical attack on Hume and sceptical philosophy. The other essays appear here for the first time.

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