Montrose: Printed by D. Buchanan, 1803. Later edition. Leather bound. 203pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] Rebacked with brown leather and a gilt stamped black spine label. Original decorative speckled boards. Good. The spine and covers are rubbed, and the boards are just a little bit warped. The leather spine is mottled. The underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. There is a 2 inch tear in the front board at the foot of the joint. The endsheets are heavily discolored along the edges and hinges. Numerous areas of modern marbled paper repair work on the endsheets along the hinges and surrounding areas. There is a lengthy contemporary notation on the verso of the second flyleaf, and the title page has a previous owner's name in small pen. The text block is cracked at the front flyleaf, the front flyleaves are partially detached. The text block is also cracked at the end. Minor offsetting from the frontispiece on the title page. Age-toned pages. Very occasional light foxing. Item #31170
Edmund Burke, was born in Dublin, January 12, 1979, and he received his education at a Quaker boarding school and at Trinity College in Dublin. In 1750 he entered the Middle Temple, London, but soon gave up law for literary work. His Vindication of Natural Society, was published in 1756, as this work, Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, was originally published this same year as well. From 1761 to 1783 he was back in Dublin as private secretary to the Marquis of Rockingham, at that time premier, and entered Parliament, representing the pocket borough of Wendover. Rockingham's administration lasted only one year. Even though Burke held no public office until the downfall of the North ministry in 1782, Burke's public activity never slowed.