A Classic of Art History PMM 213
LAOKOON : oder uber die grenzen der mahleren und poesie. mit beylaufigen erlauterungen verschiedener punkte der alten kunstgeschichte
LESSING (Gotthold Ephraim)
LESSING ( Gotthold Ephraim ), LAOKOON : oder uber die grenzen der mahleren und poesie. mit beylaufigen erlauterungen verschiedener punkte der alten kunstgeschichte, Christian Friedrich Voss, Berlin 1766, 298pp. 8vo. FIRST EDITION.
Lessing s most famous work outside Germany, and a classic of art history. In Laokoon, Lessing claims that certain arts have certain limits. The rules of poetry are not the same as those of sculpture or painting, each has its unique sphere. "Laokoon is perhaps Lessing's best-known work outside Germany, and it has had a world-wide influence . 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 . In the words of Macaulay, he was 'beyond all dispute the first critic of Europe'" (PMM 213).
CONDITION: Original boards, seems to be re-backed, though certainly not modern, with renewed end-papers. Hand-scripted lettering to spine. Former owner s name scripted in contemporary hand to rear paste down. Foxing as usual. Very good.
Christian Friedrich Voss
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