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Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London Relative to that Event.

BURKE Edmund (1790.)

£1250.00  [First Edition]

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In A Letter intended to have been sent to a Gentleman in Paris.

First edition, second impression. 8vo (222 x 146mm). iv, 356, pp. Some light foxing in places. Contemporary calf, covers with a gilt double-fillet border, smooth spine divided into six panels by gilt rules, the second lettered in gilt on a red morocco label, the rest with gilt central floral tool, marbled endpapers (corners bumped, small hole 1cm diameter to top panel of spine exposing the paper lining beneath, upper headcap missing, lower headcap chipped). 

London, J. Dodsley.

First Edition of Burke's greatest work in which he preaches the doctrine of historical continuity and respect for the past. "People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors". It is "one of the most brilliant of all polemics" and, in many respects, proved to be a prophetic anticipation of the later course of the revolution. Although Burke did not initially condemn the French revolution, he was driven to write the Reflections through fear that the "aims, principles and methods in France might infect the people of England" (PMM). The effect of the book extraordinary; it created a reaction against the revolution; it divided Englishmen into two parties and did much to ruin the Whigs, producing a new political combination. It estranged Burke from Fox and most of the Whigs, and he ultimately crossed the floor of the House.

Todd, 53a; Printing & the Mind of Man, 239.

Stock Code: 227901