Edmund Burke Esq.
Pubblicato in Venezia a spese di Franco Aglietti, e Compagni. [n.d. c.1790.]
Stipple, with very large margins, rare. 132 x 107mm. 5¼ x 4¼".
Edmund Burke (c.1729-1797) was a leading statesman, political thinker and writer. In the words of Winston Churchill he was 'perhaps the greatest man that Ireland has produced'. His impact on the Regency age centres on his 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' (1790), a major work opposing the French Revolution which laid the foundations of modern British conservatism. Original a Whig, he showed liberal support for the North American colonies and Catholic emancipation. Despite his early reputation as a reformer, Burke's Reflections expressed fears that revolutionary ideals would violently destroy essential British traditions and institutions. These views led him to break with the Whigs and side with Tories, for whom he became a figurehead. He is viewed as the philosophical founder of modern Conservatism, as well as a representative of classical liberalism.
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