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In 1711, the ''[[Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times]]'' by [[Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury]] appeared in three volumes, also without any name or initials on the title-page, and without even the name of a printer. These volumes contain in addition to the four treatises already mentioned, ''[[Miscellaneous Reflections]]'', now first printed, and the ''[[Inquiry concerning Virtue and Merit]]'', described as formerly printed from an imperfect copy, now corrected and published intire, and as printed first in 1699. In 1711, the ''[[Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times]]'' by [[Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury]] appeared in three volumes, also without any name or initials on the title-page, and without even the name of a printer. These volumes contain in addition to the four treatises already mentioned, ''[[Miscellaneous Reflections]]'', now first printed, and the ''[[Inquiry concerning Virtue and Merit]]'', described as formerly printed from an imperfect copy, now corrected and published intire, and as printed first in 1699.
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 +:"Well then, said he, that I may appear to take no advantage against you, I quit the dazzling form which carries such a force of complicated beauties, and am contented to consider separately each of those simple beauties, which taken all together create this wonderful effect. For you will allow, without doubt, that in respect of bodies, whatever is commonly said of the unexpressible, the unintelligible, the I-know-not-what of beauty, there can lie no mystery here, but what plainly belongs either to figure, colour, motion or sound. Omitting therefore the three latter, and their dependent charms, let us view the charm in Avhat is simplest of all, mere figure. Nor need we go so high ..."
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In 1711, the Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury appeared in three volumes, also without any name or initials on the title-page, and without even the name of a printer. These volumes contain in addition to the four treatises already mentioned, Miscellaneous Reflections, now first printed, and the Inquiry concerning Virtue and Merit, described as formerly printed from an imperfect copy, now corrected and published intire, and as printed first in 1699.

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"Well then, said he, that I may appear to take no advantage against you, I quit the dazzling form which carries such a force of complicated beauties, and am contented to consider separately each of those simple beauties, which taken all together create this wonderful effect. For you will allow, without doubt, that in respect of bodies, whatever is commonly said of the unexpressible, the unintelligible, the I-know-not-what of beauty, there can lie no mystery here, but what plainly belongs either to figure, colour, motion or sound. Omitting therefore the three latter, and their dependent charms, let us view the charm in Avhat is simplest of all, mere figure. Nor need we go so high ..."




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