Essays and Treatises on several subjects.
London: A. Millar / Edinburgh: A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson, 1753.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002955
London: A. Millar (vol. I and IV); Edinburgh: A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson (vol. II and III), 1753-1756. 4 volumes. 12mo (157 x 96 mm). , 331 ; iii , 250; , 257 , [2: ad]; , 270 pp. Uniformily bound in contemporary calf, spines with 5 raised bands, some gilt ruling, vol. numbering in gilt (leather a bit dry, extremities rubbed, corners little bumped, spine ends of vol II slightly chipped), red-sprinkled edges. Text very little browned, occasional very minor spotting, bifolio A6/7 in vol. IV detached, endpapers browned in outer margins from binders glue, slightly offsetting to title- and final pages, otherwisp crisp and clean throughout. A handsome set in untouched bindings. ----
Goldsmith 9314; Kress 5712; Higgs 1616 (all various editions). Mixed edition set of the Essays and Treatises: vol. I (1753): 4th edition, vols. II (1756) and IV (1754): 3rd edition, vol. III (1753): 2nd edition. With almost every new edition new essays were added by Hume. The compilation of essays in a cheap duodecimo format, put together by Andrew Millar, included Hume's most important works to date, the Philosophical Essays, the Enquiry concerning Morals, the Essays Moral and Political and Political Discourses. The effect was to "draw attention for the first time to his philosophy in a format that which was both accessible and calculated to encourage sales" (ODNB). There is also another variant of the 4th edition of vol. I known with the final "I." of "MDCCLIII." in the imprint beneath the "s" of "Donaldson" and the text ending on p.312. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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