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    Lessing on the Limits of Art - a PMM Title

    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Laokoon: oder uber die Grenzen der Mahleren und Poesie. Mit beylaufigen Erlauterungen verschiedener Punkte der alten Kunstgeschichte... Erster Theil [All Published.] Berlin: Christian Friedrich Voss, 1766. First edition. Octavo. *4, A-S8, T6 [T6 blank]. [8], 298 pages. Contemporary German paste-paper boards, spine edges and label chipped but sound; front free endpaper lacking, some light foxing and paper toning. Still, a very good copy. A Printing and the Mind of Man title. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Laokoon...had a world-wide influence. It takes its name from the famous statue discovered at Rome in the sixteenth century. It analyses the differences betwen the sculptor's treatment of Laokoon wrestling with the serpents and Virgil's treatment of the same theme, and from there goes on to discuss the limits and limitations of all the arts. It contains the first clear statement of the truth, which is now considered axiomatic, that every art is subject to limitations, and can achieve greatness only by a clear understanding of and self-restriction to its proper function. The most telling passages, and those which have borne most fruit, are those on poetry...His exposition of the themes of Homer and Sophocles is especially effective, and he opened up a new prospect in the appreciation of Greek literature." [PMM]

    [PMM] Printing and the Mind of Man 213. Chamberlin 425. Cicognara 158. Schlosser-Magnino 657. Vinet 824.

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