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 half calf, red marbled boards, spine divided by double gilt rules, green morocco label, edges sprinkled green A little spotting, heavier to final leaves. Just a little rubbed, a touch of wear to extremities. Ownership inscription of Edwd. Oldfield to title-page.


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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