Very Good Minus. Item #7572
Edinburgh: A. Millar, London; and A. Kincaid & J. Bell, Edinburgh, 1765. Third Edition. Volume I only of two volume set. 500 pages. Full contemporary calf with five raised bands and red leather label to spine. Ruled and lettered in gilt.
Home, a central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, originally published Elements in Criticism in three volumes in 1762, and it quickly became one his more popular works. Of the work, Samuel Johnson said, "The Scotchman has taken the right method in his 'Elements of Criticism.' I do not mean that he has taught us any thing; but he has told us old things in a new way."
Boards are chipped with loss at extremities. Wear along joints with some general scuffing. Binding is sound. Bookplate of author and Presidential speech writer William Safire to front pastedown. Annotations in pen and pencil to front pastedown and half title (not in Safire's hand). Pages are toned with some staining, more aggressively to preliminaries. Text remains legible throughout.