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HUME, David.

Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects.

In Two Volumes. A New Edition.

Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute, and William Blackwood; and T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1809 Stock Code: 139111
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An attractive Edinburgh edition of Hume's collection of philosophical writings. Hume had not originally authorized the first edition for publication but, upon its appearance, immediately began amending its contents for later editions and continued to do so for the next two decades; this edition uses the definitive text with Hume's final revisions, which was posthumously published in 1777. This copy has a nice Scottish provenance, coming from the library of George Dempster (1732-1818), MP for Dunnichen, the second volume with his ownership signature dated 1815 to the title page and with his handwritten slogan "good sense & learning" to the front pastedown. Dempster founded the bank George Dempster & Co. in 1763, and served as a director of the East India Company from 1769, as Provost of St Andrews (1780), and as a director of the Highland Society of Scotland (1789).

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2 volumes, octavo (211 x 128 mm). Contemporary calf, black morocco lettering and numbering labels (numbering label lost to first volume), spines ruled in gilt, cover edges serrated in blind.


Contemporary bookplate of Dunnichen Library to the front pastedowns (partly removed to second volume), front free endpapers with early shelf marks. A little rubbed, vol. I with slight chipping at head of spine and to label, slight split to front joint of vol. I, contents unmarked with scattered foxing. A very good copy.


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