Item #66518 Essays on Philosophical Subjects. Adam SMITH.
Essays on Philosophical Subjects

First Edition In Contemporary Boards, Uncut

Essays on Philosophical Subjects. To Which is Prefixed, an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author; by Dugald Stewart.

London: Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, etc. 1795.

First edition. Quarto. xcv, 244 pp.

Contemporary boards, rebacked. Small library stamp on title and verso, and on last page, a small ink smudge on title, previous owner's bookplate. Overall, a very good, large paper copy, totally uncut.

A posthumously published collection of essays, mainly of scientific and philosophical nature. Smith had instructed his literary editors, Joseph Black and James Hutton, to destroy almost all of his manuscript material, amounting to some sixteen volumes. These essays were exempted because the editors, perceived them to "be part of a plan he had once formed for giving a connected history of the liberal sciences and elegant arts" even though Smith had to abandon the plan because it was too extensive.

HBS 66518.


Price: $10,000.00

Item #66518