Recueil Philosophique ou Mélange de Pieces sure la Religion & la Morale. Par Différents Auteurs. Jacques André NAIGEON.

Recueil Philosophique ou Mélange de Pieces sure la Religion & la Morale. Par Différents Auteurs.

Londres [London, but Amsterdam: M.M. Rey]:, 1770. Small 8vo. (iv), 190, (2); (iv), 253, (3) pp. Contemporary tan full calf, spine with red and green gilt lettered labels, gilt decoration to the rest of the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges red. A little light rubbing to the extremities, very good. A compilation of essays by various authors including Dumarsais, Didreot, Freret and Holbach, who translated two essays written by David Hume - "Dissertation sur l'Immortalité" and "Dissertation sur le Suicide", which had never previously appeared in print in any language. Hume wrote the essays c.1755 and had originally intended to publish them in a book entitled "Five Dissertations". However the consternation that the essays stirred up amongst advanced readers, especially the paper on suicide, caused Hume to persuade his publisher to remove them. The book was eventually published in 1757 under the title "Four Dissertations", one of excised essays having been replaced by "Of the Standard of Taste". The two offending essays only appeared in English in an unauthorised edition of 1777, the year after Hume's death, and again in an authorised edition with full attribution to Hume in 1783. Item #35263

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