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HUME (David)
Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects. A New Edition.
London: Printed for T. Cadell...and A. Donaldson, and W. Creech, at Edinburgh, 1777. 2 volumes. 8vo, pp. [iv], 571 [572 blank]; [viii], 527 [528 adverts], contemporary calf, spines gilt in compartments, red and olive morocco labels; upper joints of volume 2 cracked, some large chips to spine of volume 2, which is noticeably darker than the spine of volume 12, tops and base of spines chipped, but a good set, with the armorial bookplate of the Earl of Kinnoul on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. The bookplate of the Earl of Kinnoull marks this copy out as of special interest. David Hume knew the son of the 8th Earl of Kinnoull personally. See, for example, the letter to Adam Ferguson of February 1767 in which Hume mentions recently making a strong recommendation to "the Archbishop of Yorke". At this time, the Archbishop of York was Robert Hay Drummond (1711-1776), second son of the deceased 8th Earl of Kinnoull, and brother of the then present 9th Earl of Kinnoull (see The Letters of David Hume, ed. by J. Y. T. Greig, [Oxford University Press, 1932], Vol. 2, p. 120-121, though Greig uses the less common spelling "Kinnoul", and mistakenly states Robert to be son of the 7th Earl). The Earls of Kinnoull in the eighteenth century were among the most visible and well-connected peers of the realm, no doubt partly due to the 8th Earl of Kinnoull having married the youngest daughter of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, one of the most powerful politicians of the first half of the century. Alexander Pope knew the 8th Earl, and took him as his model for the charac … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
Vendeur: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB [LONDON, United Kingdom]
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