Edmund Burke Bibliography

A Vindication of Natural Society...in a Letter to Lord ***, by a Late Noble Writer 1756
Published anonymously and in the style of Lord Bolingbroke, a satire directed against the destructive criticism of revealed religion and the contemporary vogue of a ‘return to Nature’.
A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful 1757
A second edition was published in 1759 with an additional Preface and an new Introduction on Taste.

The sublime is “a sort of delight full of terror, a sort of tranquility tinged with terror...The sense of the sublime...releases the individual from a thousand ties to which he is subject as a member of the community and of the social and civil order. In the experience of the sublime all these barriers vanish; the individual must stand entirely on his own feet and assert himself in his independence and originality against the universe, both physical and social...The beautiful unites, the sublime isolates; the one civilizes by teaching the proper forms of social intercourse and by refining morals, the other penetrates to the depths of our being and reveals these depths to us for the first time”. (Cassirer)
The Annual Register 1759
A yearly survey of world affairs, which Burke in agreement with the publisher Robert Dodsley edited, without acknowledgement, for about thirty years.
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents 1770
A pamphlet concerned with the main constitutional controversy of the 18th century, namely, the respective control of king and parliament over the executive. Defending the active intervention of the electorate and a reduction in the crown’s powers, the pamphlet includes Burke’s famous, and new, justification of party, defined as a body of men united on public principle, which could act as a constitutional link between king and parliament, providing continuity in administration, or principled criticism in opposition. (Encyclopaedia Britinnica)
On American Taxation 1774
On Conciliation with the Colonies 1775
A defence of the American rebels.
Reflections on the Revolution in France 1790
Burke wrote the Reflections after hearing the celebrated sermon by the Protestant dissenter Richard Price, The Love of Our Country, which welcomed the Revolution. Published in November, it sold 30,000 copies and went through eleven editions in little over a year. Burke was praised by Catherine the Great and his work found many imitators abroad.

“But the age of chivalry is gone. - That of sophisters, oeconomists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.”
Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs 1791
Reflections on the Revolution in France (German translation) 1793
Published with commentaries, the translation established Friedrich Gentz (1764-1832) as a European celebrity and made him decide to become a political writer. Between 1794 and 1797, Gentz translated and commented on several more anti-revolutionary works, such as those by J. Mallet du Pan, J.J. Mounier and F. d’Ivernois.

A Letter to a Noble Lord 1796
Burke's answer to the Duke of Bedford who attacked Burke for having accepted a large pension from the King.
Letters on a Regicide Peace 1796
Published between 1796 and 1797, Letters in which Burke voice his opposition to any recognition of the French government.