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Four Dissertations. I. The Natural History of Religion. II. Of the Passions. III. Of Tragedy. IV. Of the Standard of Taste

Author Hume, David, (1711-1776)
Title Four Dissertations. I. The Natural History of Religion. II. Of the Passions. III. Of Tragedy. IV. Of the Standard of Taste
Imprint London: A. Millar
Date of Publication 1757
Language English
Notes A copy of the second state of the first edition, printed on large uncut paper. The largest leaves, for example the title page, measure 187mm by 110mm. Todd observed that a few copies on superfine Royal Paper may have measured 180 x 110mm (as against a maximum size of 170 x 100mm for the others) and have the words on pages 9, and 131 in final corrected state. For a full account of the muddled and controversial publishing history of these four important essays see Mossner, pages 319-335.
Shelfmark RB.s.2893
Reference Sources E.C. Mossner, The life of David Hume, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980; W.B. Todd, 'David Hume: a preliminary bibliography', in Hume and the Enlightenment: essays presented to Ernest Campbell Mossner, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1974
Acquired on 13/07/14
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