The Analysis of Beauty. Written with a View of fixing the fluctuating Ideas of Taste.
London: Printed by J. Reeves for the Author, 1753. 4to, [i]-xxii, [1, contents], [1, errata] -153, [2, List of Prints] pp. Title vignette. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards. Covers scuffed and rubbed joints cracked but sound, internally a very good copy, crisp and clean. Ink signature on title of Everard Buckworth. Bound without the 2 or 3 (see below) separately issued prints. First Edition, first issue (without plates). With a list at the back of "Prints Publish'd by W. Hogarth, and are to be had at his House in Leicester Fields". Hogarth's book was first issued without the two large folding plates (see Rothschild), finished by Hogarth after the initial publication date. Some copies appear with an additional plate inserted as a frontispiece. In his contribution to aesthetic theory, Hogarth introduces his idea of a natural and serpentine "Line of Beauty, and "makes explicit in aesthetic terms his persistent attack on the reduction of life to unnatural and stereotyped shapes É 'The Line of Beauty' itself is part, as G.B. Shaw sensed, a satiric device for ridiculing the abstract and rational by contrast with the endless complexity of nature. Hogarth's ideal figures tend to appear as graceful curves, while the objects of his ridicule express the rigidity of straight lines, circles, or squares." , Paulson, p. 26. Rothschild 1148 (copy issued without the two plates) & 1149. Tinker 1215; Paulsen, The Graphic Work of William Hogarth.
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