An Essay on Taste. With Three Dissertations on the same subject by Mr. De Voltaire, Mr. D’Alembert, F.R.S., Mr. De Montesquieu
An Essay on Taste. With Three Dissertations on the same subject by Mr. De Voltaire, Mr. D’Alembert, F.R.S., Mr. De Montesquieu An Essay on Taste. With Three Dissertations on the same subject by Mr. De Voltaire, Mr. D’Alembert, F.R.S., Mr. De Montesquieu An Essay on Taste. With Three Dissertations on the same subject by Mr. De Voltaire, Mr. D’Alembert, F.R.S., Mr. De Montesquieu
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London: Printed for A. Millar. (A. Kincaid and J.Bell, in Edinburgh). 1759.

First edition. 8vo. (200x120mm). pp. [ii], iv, 222, [3], 224-253, [2], 258-314. Contemporary full calf, spine with raised bands, gilt borders in compartments, red label, lettered in gilt. Some rubbing to joints and bumping to corners but overall a very good binding. Title page has ownership inscription, "Sutherland, 1759". Some water-staining to bottom right corner of signature 'O', otherwise a very nice copy internally. Alexander Gerard (1728-1795) was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Aberdeen University. His Essay on Taste was written in 1756 and won the Prize of The Edinburgh Society. The subsequent publication in 1759 was supervised by David Hume and was regarded as a major contribution to 18th century philosophical aesthetics. The essays by Voltaire, Montesquieu and D’Alembert were presented here in English for the first time.