Elementary Principles of the Belles Lettres…with Reflections on Public Exhibitions. Translated from the French by the late Mr. Sloper Foreman.
Formey, [Jean Henri Samuel].

London: Printed for F. Newberry, 1766. First edition in English of an important French treatise on belles lettres, which catered to the increasing interest in self-education and self-improvement that characterized the later eighteenth century. The translator notes that Formey’s work is &# Binding partially discolored, label chipped, joints cracked, but cords sound. Early ownership signature (“Miss S. Stevenson March 1789”) on front pastedown. A good, clean copy of a scarce book. Contemporary calf with gilt burgundy morocco spine label. Twelvemo. [253, with the last page (Item ID: 13212)


Formey (1711-97) was professor of philosophy at Berlin. He published a large number of articles in the transactions of the Berlin Academy and was the author of several theological and philosophical treatises, including a compendium of the philosophy of Christian Wolff (La belle Wolfienne, 1741-53), and several books on the writings of Rousseau (L’esprit de Julie, 1762; L’Anti-Emile, 1762; Emile chrétien, 1764). He also published a philosophical survey, which was translated by Oliver Goldsmith in 1766, and edited an edition of Yves-Marie André’s Essai sur le beau, the first treatise on aesthetics in France.

Roscoe A165.

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