Published in English in 1964 by Routledge & Kegan Paul. Translated by Alan C M Ross a year after the author, Gaston Bachelard's death, being first published in French in 1938.
Gaston Bachelard (1884 – 1962) was a French philosopher. He made contributions in the fields of poetics and the philosophy of science.
He was intrigued by the process of imagination, the way in which the pensive mind brings to any given reality a multiple perspective. About many substances such as earth, air, water, and fire, he contended, we harbour subconscious convictions which modern science may disprove in fact but cannot seem to eradicate from artistic reverie. Is fire a symbol of the generative seed, and flame a sexual metaphor? Does the hearth cpnnote a human drive to intellectuality, and is heat a fundamental image of the womb?
A former owner's name is written on the front end-paper.
Complete with original dust jacket, which has been price-clipped. The DJ has some wear to its edges, but the book is in a very good condition. A few light foxing spots to edges of the pages.