London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819. Item #03469
Questions of Morality - Rather than Theology
Patriotism, Action in the Public Sphere and Moral Virtue Promoted by Polite Secular Culture
BLAIR, Hugh. Sermons, by Hugh Blair, D.D. F.R.S. Ed. One of the ministers of the High Church, and Professor of rhetoric and belles lettres in the University of Edinburgh. To which is prefixed, a short account of the life and character of the author, by James Finlayson, D.D. In three volumes. A new edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1819.
New Edition. Three octavo volumes (8 7/16 x 5 1/8 inches; 215 x 130 mm.). xxiv, 453, [1, blank]; viii, 480; viii, 475, [1, blank] pp. Portrait frontispiece of Hugh Blair engraved by A. Cardon after Henry Raeburn in volume one. Plain strip of paper affixed to top of title-page in volume three (covering ink signature).
Full contemporary speckled calf, covers ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, two red morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt board edges, edges speckled red. With ink stamp "M.G.L. on the title-pages of all volumes, and the early ink signature of Eliza Sophia Delorre on front blank leaves.
A very nice set containing all ninety-one of Hugh Blair's sermons.
The Reverend Professor Hugh Blair FRSE (1718-1800) was a Scottish minister of religion, author and rhetorician, considered one of the first great theorists of written discourse. As a minister of the Church of Scotland, and occupant of the Chair of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh, Blair's teachings had a great impact in both the spiritual and the secular realms.
He is best known for his Sermons which were first published over a twenty-four year period, began in 1777 and finished posthumously in 1801, as a five volume endorsement of practical Christian morality. Sermons focuses on questions of morality, rather than theology, and it emphasizes patriotism, action in the public sphere, and moral virtue promoted by polite secular culture. Blair encourages people to improve their natural talents through hard work, but also to be content with their appointed stations in society. He urges people to play an active role in society, to enjoy the pleasures of life, to do good works, and to maintain faith in God.
Hugh Blair was a valuable part of the Scottish Enlightenment.