Savage, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1991.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xiv, 810pp. Moderate wear to dust jacket, with open and closed tears to edges and extremities, hard scratch to rear panel, and edgewear. Black cloth over boards, with spine lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding. Previous owner's name to front pastedown. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A presentable first printing of Eva T. H. Brann's milestone in imagination studies. From front flap: "The World of the Imagination: Sum and Substance presents the first synthesis of work--current, modern, classical--done on the imagination across six disciplines: philosophy, psychology, logic, literature, aesthetics, and theology. In Parts One through Five, Brann gives a critical summary and interpretation of historical research and areas of contemporary debate within each of these disciplines, succinct explanations that will provide a critical reference point for scholars and students exploring some aspect of imagination research. In addition, each part includes extensive bibliographies of major works dealing with the imagination within each disciplien. In Part Six, 'World-Making: Imaginary and Imaginative Visions,' Brann asserts her own argument (against much current opinion) that mental images--'pictures in the head' seen by the 'mind's eye'--have a certain literal reality, that fictions, although representing logical nonexistent objects, are truly enough there to raise seriously the question of their origins, that many metaphors of literature can be understood as a superimposition of mental pictures, that certain paintings are records of vision seen by the mind's eye, that humanly significant places become so by 'imaginative projection,' and finally, that the imaginative life is not only a pleasure but an obligation. This defense of the imagination as an actual representational faculty whose products, mental images, are discoverable in introspection and experiment will be central to future debate concerning the imagination." Very good / good. Item #5069