Reflections on the Revolution in France,

BURKE Edmund (1790.)


and on the proceedings in certain societies in London relative to that event. In a letter intended to have been sent to a gentleman in Paris.

Third edition, first impression. 8vo. iv, 364 pp. Early twentieth century half brown morocco outlined in gilt with reddish-brown cloth covered boards, spine with five single raised bands outlined in blind, second panel lettered in gilt, the rest with an ornate gilt stamps, top edge in gilt, marbled endpapers ( edges slightly rubbed, otherwise very good). London, J. Dodsley.

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 was 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. 

Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription of 'G. Cotton' (?) to head of p. 1, ink annotations to head of p. iii 'When the National assembly has compleated it's work, it will have accomplished it's Ruin'

Todd, 53f.

Stock Code: 244157

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