De Sublimitate. Commentarius, quem nova versione donavit…Zacharias Pearce, A.M.

  • Longinus
  • Londini [London]: Ex officina Jacobi Tonson, & Johannis Watts 1724
  • ESTC T87474; Dibdin II 177.


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FIRST PEARCE EDITION, 4to, pp. [viii], xv, [i], 187, [1], 28, [16] + frontispiece. Contemporary biscuit calf, spine divided by raised bands, compartments bordered with triple gilt rules enclosing gilt cornerpieces and central decoration, edges red. A touch of spotting, a couple of leaves with dustsoiling to upper margin. Rubbed, some marks and scrapes, extremities a bit worn, joints cracked but sound, label lost. Modern ownership inscription (Ruth B. Phillips) to pastedown along with older ink shelfmarks.


The first edition of 'On the Sublime', the ancient treatise on aesthetics known under the name Dionysius Longinus, as edited by Zachary Pearce (1690-1774), Bishop of Rochester. Dedicated to Pearce's patron, Thomas Parker, Lord Macclesfield, it is elegantly printed and became a standard text, several times reprinted in smaller format including by the Foulis Press.

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