HUME, DAVID. 1711-1776.
Four Dissertations. I. The Natural History of Religion. II. Of the Passions. III. Of Tragedy. IV. Of the Standard of Taste. London: A. Millar, 1757.
12mo (154 x 96 mm). , [viii], 240 pp. Without half-title, fly title for part I bound before dedication. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt and with morocco lettering-piece. Gutters split at title and at end, gathering B sprung, some faint creasing to corners, neatly rebacked, some wear to board extremities.
Provenance: Hume scholar Dr. A.W. Colver; by descent to present owner.
FIRST EDITION. The collection was originally conceived of as the first three essays and two others, "Of Suicide," and "Of the Immortality of the Soul." These last proved controversial to readers of copies in the proof stage and were replaced by "Of the Standard of Taste" for the published edition.
The present copy comes from the collection of Dr. A.W. Colver, editor of an edition of Hume's Natural History of Religion published by Oxford in 1976. Fieser pp 40-1; Jessop pp 33-5.