A Printing and the Mind of Man 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]. , 298
pages. Contemporary half sheep over paper boards, labels missing on
spine, edges stained red. Binding quite worn (especially at spine),
dampstain across top of entire binding, hinges cracked (but
strong), gift inscription on front free endpaper, dated 1901. Some
light toning to text. Still, a very good copy.
Printing and the Mind of Man 213. Chamberlin 425. Cicognara 158. Schlosser-Magnino 657. Vinet 824. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. 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. 8vo. *4, A-S8, T6 [T6 blank]. ,298pp. Contemp. 1/2 sheep over paper boards, spine rubbed, dark stain across top, hinges cracked (but strong), edges red, gift inscription on f.f.e.p. dated 1901, light toning but a very good copy. First Edition.
"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 between 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]
Printing and the Mind of Man 213. Chamberlin 425. Cicognara 158. Schlosser-Magnino 657. Vinet 824.
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