Hugh Blair 1814 1st Ed."lectures On Rhetoric And Belles Letters”vol. Ii: Antique For Sale
First Edition “Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Letters” 1814 Vol. II By Hugh BlairThis is a very well preserved edition with the original leather and raised spine. (See pics) The binding is very, very tight for its age (almost 200 years); there are no loose pages and very little foxing. The end pages also have the marble pattern, which was popular for this time period. The only major issue is that the front cover is detached, but it is a clean detachment and could be fixed easily. This is a great book for any antique collection of famous theorists, because he is known as one of the “five great theorists of written discourse.” Historical information: As a minister of the Church of Scotland, and occupant of the Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh, Blair's teachings had a great impact in both the spiritual and the secular realms. Best known for Sermons, a five volume endorsement of practical Christian morality, and Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, a prescriptive guide on composition, Blair was a valuable part of the Scottish Enlightenment. After retiring from his position as Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh in 1783, Blair published his lectures for the first time, deeming it necessary because unauthorized copies of his work threatened the legacy of his teachings. The result is arguably Blair's most important work: Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Lectures, a compilation of 47 of Blair's lectures given to students at the University of Edinburgh, serves as a practical guide for youth on composition and language; a guide that makes Blair the first great theorist of written discourse.Lectures is important not because it presents radical new theories. In fact, Blair himself admits that the work is a suffusion of his understanding of classical and modern theories of language. Lectures draws on the classic works of theorists such as Quintilian and Cicero combined with the modern works of Addison, Burke, and Lord Kames to become one of the first whole language guides. As one of the first works to focus on written discourse, rather than solely on oral discourse, Blair's Lectures is a comprehensive, accessible prescriptive composition guide that combines centuries of theory in a cohesive form. The intention of Lectures is to provide youth with a simple, organized guide on the value of rhetoric and belles lettres in the quest for upward mobility and social success. Blair believed that social cultivation, and most importantly the proper use of polite literature and effective writing, was the key to social success. For him, an education in literature was socially useful, both in its ability to elevate one's social status and its ability to promote virtue and morality. Blair also acknowledged that a person must have virtue and personal character, as well as knowledge of literature to be an effective speaker or writer. Standard Shipping will be available. If you are outside the United States, please ask for a shipping quote before finalizing your offerding.Returns will be accepted 14 days after receipt, but buyer will be responsible for shipping costs. Please ask questions. I will be happy to answer them as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for considering this Book and please check out my other listings!
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