c1880 Scotland Picturesque; Historical; Descriptive Antiquarian Book Engravings

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c1880 Scotland Picturesque; Historical; Descriptive Antiquarian Book Engravings

Scotland Picturesque; Historical; Descriptive Being A Series Of Views Of Edinburgh And Its Environs;

The Mountains, Glens, Lochs, Sea-Coasts And The Palaces, Castles, Ecclesiastical Buildings Of Scotland
Consisting Of Over Seventy Chromo-Lithographs From Original And Copyright Drawings
By John Parker-Lawson

Published by McGready, Thomson And Niven: Glasgow c1880 (undated)


"Picturesque is an aesthetic ideal introduced into English cultural debate in 1782 by William Gilpin in Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, etc. Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty; made in the Summer of the Year 1770, a practical book which instructed England's leisured travellers to examine "the face of a country by the rules of picturesque beauty". Picturesque, along with the aesthetic and cultural strands of Gothic and Celticism, was a part of the emerging Romantic sensibility of the 18th century.

The term "picturesque" needs to be understood in relationship to two other aesthetic ideals: the beautiful and the sublime. By the last third of the 18th century, Enlightenment and rationalist ideas about aesthetics were being challenged by looking at the experiences of beauty and sublimity as non-rational. Aesthetic experience was not just a rational decision - one did not look at a pleasing curved form and decide it was beautiful; rather it came naturally as a matter of basic human instinct. Edmund Burke in his 1757, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, argued that the soft gentle curves appealed to the male sexual desire, while the sublime horrors appealed to our desires for self-preservation. Picturesque arose as a mediator between these opposed ideals of beauty and the sublime, showing the possibilities that existed between these two rationally idealised states."

Minor wear to cover and spine which have been recently conditioned to restore softness and colour. No inscriptions or library marks. A particularly clean copy with the vast majority of the book crisp, clean and bright. The back cover is slightly bowed and there is a small amount of damage to the front blank endpaper as shown. The odd tiny spot here and there but this really is a very nice example, not flawless but very, very good. Please study photos to understand condition. Happy to provide more photos on request.

Size 34cm x 28cm x 6.5cm

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Condition: Very good
Binding: Leather
Special Attributes: ["Illustrated", "Gilt Edged"]
Region: Europe
Subject: History
Original/Facsimile: Original
Seller Notes: Minor wear to cover and spine which have been recently conditioned to restore softness and colour. No inscriptions or library marks. A particularly clean copy with the vast majority of the book crisp, clean and bright. The back cover is slightly bowed and there is a small amount of damage to the front blank endpaper as shown. The odd tiny spot here and there but this really is a very nice example, not flawless but very, very good. Please study photos to understand condition. Happy to provide more photos on request.
Language: English
Author: John Parker-Lawson
Publisher: McGready, Thomson And Niven: Glasgow
Year Printed: 1880
Sub-subject: Scotland