Four Dissertations.

Hume (David)

Four Dissertations.

I. The natural history of religion. II. Of the passions. III. Of tragedy. IV. Of the standard of taste.

Description: FIRST EDITION, the inking a little uneven in the early pages, minor browning, thumbing, a few spots, with the half-title and the Dedication, the usual cancels (C12, D1, K5-8 - stubs showing), typographical eror on p. 9, but that on p. 131 corrected, pp. [iv], vii, [3], 240, 12mo, contemporary calf, lacking lettering piece, slightly rubbed and worn, spine a little defective at either end, cracking to lower joint (but sound), contemporary signature of James MacIvor on fly-leaf (a further inscription sliced off the head) and half-title, later pencil marking in the margins

Publication Details: Printed [by William Bowyer] for A. Miller, 1757

Notes: The publication of this volume is a tangled tale. 'Hume first suggested the volume to Andrew Millar in 1755, proposing essays on the natural history of religion, the passions, tragedy, and geometry and natural philosophy. The second of these derived from book 2 of the Treatise, and completed its abridgement; the fourth may have been a reworking of book 1, part 2. But it was dropped on the advice of Lord Stanhope, a mathematician; and Hume had proposed to replace it with two essays on suicide and on the immortality of the soul. Though 'Five dissertations' were printed in proof, Warburton's inte...more

Bibliography: (Jessop, pages 33-35; Chuo I, 45; Rothschild 1176; Todd, p. 200)

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Price: £2,200

Subject: Philosophy

Published Date: 1757

Stock Number: 60141

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