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HUME, David.

An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals.

London, for A. Millar, 1751 Stock Code: 135995
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First edition, first issue, a reworking of part three of his Treatise of Human Nature. "No work, it seems, gave Hume himself more pleasure: 'in my own opinion (who ought not to judge on that subject), it is of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best' ('My Own Life', in Essays, xxxvi). Instead of abridging the Treatise, he redesigned his treatment of morals to concentrate on the virtues of benevolence and justice, and on the argument that the standard of moral judgement is to be found in the principles of utility and agreeableness" (ODNB).

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Duodecimo (167 x 100 mm). Modern mottled calf, red morocco spine label, gilt motifs and fillets to compartments, raised bands, gilt decoration to board edges. Housed in a custom beige cloth solander box with red morocco labels.


With half-title, preliminary errata leaf, 3 final pp. of advertisements, leaf L3 uncancelled with the catchword "than" to recto. Extremities very slightly rubbed, light scattered foxing, prelims discreetly repaired in the gutter, pale dampstain to bottom margins, occasional early, intelligent ink marginalia, embossed private ownership blindstamp to lower margin of p. 61 ("N. E. Dawson, stenographer and notary, Quincy Adams Co. Ills."); a very good copy, attractively bound.


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