HUME, DAVID. 1711-1776.
Political Discourses. Edinburgh: printed by R. Fleming for A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson, 1752.
8vo (181 x 105 mm). , 6, , 304 pp. Contemporary calf. Upper cover and first ten leaves detached, spine cracked and text block nearly separated.
Provenance: United Presbyterian College, Brown-Lindsay Library (bookplate); Hume scholar Dr. A.W. Colver; by descent to present owner.
FIRST EDITION of Hume's major work on economics. Comprised of 12 essays treating of commerce, luxury, money, interest, the balance of trade, taxes, public credit, and related topics. "With the publication of his Political Discourses in 1752, Hume established himself as an important political economist" (Cambridge Companion to Hume p 38). Hume also noted that this was his only work "that was successful on the first publication" (see Fieser).
The present copy includes the separately paginated, 6 page insert "Scotticisms," followed by a 2 page list of Hume's work, evidently supplied separately with copies of the Discourses. Fieser pp 21-24; Jessop p 23.