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NAIGEON, Jacques Andre (1738-1810)
Recueil philosophique ou melange de pieces sur la religion & la morale. Par differents auteurs.
Londres [Amsterdam, Marc Michel Rey] 1770. . 2 volumes in 1. Small 8vo. [IV],190, [IV],253,[1]p. Contemp. calf, back richly gilt, red edges, marbled endpapers. An old lithographed library ticket to front paste-down. First (only) edition. A collection of 15 enlightened and materialistic essays by various authors, including Dumarsais, Diderot, Freret, Holbach, Mirabaud, Levesque de Burigny and David Hume. Collected or translated by Naigeon, a French man of letters, contributor to the Encyclopedie', atheist, and friend of the baron d'Holbach. Of particular interest are the two essays by David Hume, here published for the first time in any language, translated by d'Holbach: Dissertation sur l'immortalite de l'ame' and Dissertation sur le suicide'. These essays were written around 1755 and printed as part of a book with the title Five dissertations'. It was distributed among a selected group of readers only. These two essays provoked great controversy among them and the publisher Andrew Millar convinced Hume, with great difficulty, to remove the two essays. They were replaced with the essay Of the Standard of Taste' and the book was published with the title Four dissertations'. The two essays were published for the first time in English only in 1777, shortly after Hume's death. *Todd p.203. Jessop p.33-35 & 39 (at length). Vercruysse 1770.B2. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Matthys de Jongh [Zutphen, Netherlands]
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