Exposé Succinct de la Contestation qui s'est Élevée entre M. Hume et M. Rousseau, avec les Pieces Justificatives.London: [no publisher,] 1766 Stock Code: 124110
Hume's account of his dispute with Rousseau was first published in Paris in October 1766. This is the first of two pirated editions printed later that year, this edition being printed in London and distinguished from the original by press-figures. It was probably printed in November, and apparently without Hume's knowledge. The work consists of "correspondence between Hume and Rousseau, with connecting narrative passages by Hume. Rousseau had maligned him so deeply, and the city gossips had filled out the tale so apocryphally, that Hume was stung into adopting this method of clearing himself. His friends, both English and French, at first advised against publication, but soon d'Alembert and his circle changed their minds and urged it" (Jessop).
Duodecimo (176 x 105 mm). Recent marbled paper boards, printed label to spine, brown endpapers.
Pages lightly toned with slight foxing, else a very good copy.
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