First published in Blackwood’s Magazine XIX, November 1826, pp. 728–44. Reprinted in F, Essays on Philosophical Writers, and Other Men of Letters (i), 1854 and, with a few very small revisions, in SGG XIII, Speculations Lit – erary and Philosophic (ii), 1859, where it is followed without a break by its Blackwood’s continuation, the second ‘Lessing’ article (see pp. 51 ff below).