TWINING, Daniel. Aristotle's Treatise on Poetry.

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TWINING, Daniel. Aristotle's Treatise on Poetry. London: Luke Hansard & Sons, 1812.

Two volumes. 8vo. Full fine-grained morocco; with raised bands to spines; spines lettered and ornamented in gilt, boards ornately decorated in gilt; all edges gilt; with ribbon page markers; pp. xxxii, 344; [iv], 499; slight rubbing to extremities; some rubbing to hinges of spines; a few light marks to boards; discolouration to endpapers, with light marks along edges; light even toning to paper-stock; still, a very attractive set.
The second edition in two volumes. First translated by Thomas Twining, 'in 1782 he undertook a translation wioth full commentary of Aristotle's Poetics, which was first published in 1789 with the title Aristotle's Treatise on poetry, translated, with notes on the translation, and on the original, and two dissertations, on poetical, and musical, imiration, and was repeatedly reprinted.' (ODNB) 'What would have been the present state of poetical criticism, had Aristotle never written, it is impossible to say: two facts, however, are certain; that he was the first who carried philosophical investigation into these regions of imagination and fiction, and that the ablest of his successors have not disdained to pursue the path which he had opened to them, and even in many instances, to treat his very footsteps' (Preface, p. xxix).