London: Chatto & Windus, 1890. Four volumes. 8vo. Translated from the French by H. Van Laun. Half brown morocco and marbled boards, slight wear at the joints, but generally and excellent set. From the library of Louis E. Goodman. Item #10947
Taine (1828-93) "is best known for his theory is a product of ‘le race, le milieu et le moment", a proposition that places him squarely in the positivist camp of Auguste Comte and other nineteenth century French thinkers" (see O'Rourke, French Theory and Criticism, 1906). His is the best known analysis of English literature from a French philosophical point of view.