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David Hume – An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, 1751

8vo, with the half title, 12mo, [viii], 253, [3] pp., L3 a cancel, contemporary gilt-panelled calf, nicely rebacked and corners restored, B3 with a paper flaw, tiny stain in outer margin of last few leaves, no stamps or inscriptions, a very good copy.

First edition, second issue, of the famous book usually known as ‘the second Enquiry’. Essentially a reworking of Book III of the Treatise, ‘Of Morals’, Hume composed it during the two years that he spent mostly at his brother’s home at Ninewells, beginning in 1749. Both issues came out in late November 1751. Hume is often quoted as saying that ‘of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, [it is] incomparably the best’ (‘My Own Life’). Chuo 44.

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