HUME, DAVID. 1711-1776.
An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals. London: A. Millar, 1751.
12mo (168 x 98 mm). , 253, [3 ad] pp. Half-title, errata. L3 cancel. Period calf. Small tears to top edge of a few leaves, covers detached, text block in 3 sections with spine partially perished.
Provenance: Hume scholar Dr. A.W. Colver; by descent to present owner.
FIRST EDITION. A recasting of Book 3 of the Treatise, in which "Hume's correction of some 'negligences' in reasoning, the addition of new arguments, and a restructuring of main themes give the later work a philosophical significance in its own right" (Cambridge Companion to Hume p 311). Hume judged it "of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best" (Fieser pp 19-20). Jessop p 22.