[ANDRÉ, le père]

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[ANDRÉ, le père]
Essay on beauty. New edition, increased with six speeches, on the modus, on the decorum, on the graces, on the love of beauty, on the disinterested love. Paris, L. Étienne Ganeau, 1763. 2 volumes in-12 (168 x 93 mm) of VIII pp., 2 ff.n.ch., 250 pp.
for volume I ; 1 f.n.ch., 367 pp. for volume II. marbled calf, smooth spine decorated, red edges (contemporary binding).
de Backer-Sommervogel, I, 334.
New or third edition (e.o. of 1741) of the famous work of the Jesuit father Yves Marie André (1675-1764).
A convinced Cartesian, André gives us here one of the first treatises on aesthetics published in French. He distinguishes between absolute beauty, natural beauty and artificial beauty, three orders of beauty which, in his thought, correspond to the three classes of innate ideas, adventitious ideas and factitious ideas, admitted by Descartes.
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