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HUME, David (1711--1776)
Essays and treatises on several subjects. In two volumes. By David Hume, Esq; ... A new edition.
London: printed for T. Cadell; and A. Donaldson, and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1777.
2 vols ; 21.6 cm. (8º)
I: [4], 571, [1] p.
II: [8], 527, [1] p.

Hume's essays were first collected in 1753; this was the first edition to be published after Hume's death in 1776. While based on the edition of 1770, it contains his last additions, amendments, and revisions. The essay 'Of the Origin of Government' appears here for the first time and the appendices to the 'Enquiry Concerning Morals' are increased to four. Prefixed to vol. II is the advertisement in which Hume announces his wish 'that the following pieces may alone be regarded as containing his philosophical sentiments and principles'. See T.E. Jessop, A bibliography of David Hume and of Scottish philosophy, Garland, 1983, p. 7. Contents: Vol. I. Essays, moral, political and literary -- Vol. II. An enquiry concerning human understanding. A dissertation on the passions. An enquiry concerning the principles of morals. The natural history of religion. Publisher's advertisement for T. Cadell on final page (vol. II). ESTC t33493.

Copy Notes Volume I rear pastedown inscribed in ink 2V. / y.xi.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spines with neo-classical ornament, red and green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 758


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