New Rochelle: Arlington House, 1967. First edition. Octavo, original maroon cloth, blue top edge, uncut, original dust jacket. Chipping and creasing to spine ends and to the front panel of the dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #452
"AS THE CHAMPION OF WHAT T.S. ELIOT CALLED 'THE PERMANENT THINGS', BURKE DID NOT FAIL, NOR IS HE ARCHAIC. HE SPEAKS TO OUR AGE" First edition of Kirk's reassessment of the Anglo-Irish statesman, perhaps the greatest political writer in the English language and widely regarded as the founder of modern conservatism. Kirk's biography, from the publisher's "Architects of Freedom" series, was an expansion of the second chapter in his pivotal book, The Conservative Mind (1953). "Burkean conservatism" is characterized by a regard for the natural law, social order, and the collective wisdom of tradition. A Genius Reconsidered appeared after Kirk's 1963 conversion to Catholicism. With Kirk's short Prefatory Note, dated "Piety Hill/Mecosta, Michigan/January, 1967," two Appendices ("Burke's Conservatism" and "Burke's Personality"), Notes, and a Bibliographical Note. Dedicated to John Abbot Clark. Dust jacket designed by Geraldine M. Whelehan.