WILLIAM RAMSAY'S PRESENTATION COPY

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Discussions on philosophy and literature, education and university reform.

HAMILTON, Sir William, Discussions on philosophy and literature, education and university reform. Chiefly from the Edinburgh Review; corrected, vindicated, enlarged, in notes and appendices. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. 1852.

8vo., x + 758pp., without the half-title, contemporary full maroon gilt, marbled edges by Carss & Co. of Glasgow. A fine presentation copy given by the author to the classical scholar, Professor William Ramsay* (inscription on slip pasted in ["Prof. Ramsay with author's kind regards"] and armorial bookplate).

First edition.

This is a diverse collection of Hamilton's essays originally published in the Edinburgh Review between 1829 and 1839. They include papers on philosophy, logic, literature and education. Hamilton's essays on education were principally focused on university education, most of all in relation to Oxford University, the patronage and management of universities, and the rights of Dissenters to university admission. For a good analysis, see Savina Tropea's contribution to The Dictionary of 19th Century British Philosophers, I, pp.483 et seq. * William Ramsay (1806-1865), professor of humanity (Latin) at Glasgow University.