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Essays on Philosophical subjects

SMITH Adam (1795)

£6500.00  [First Edition]

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... to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, by Dugald Stewart.First Edition. 4to. xcv, 244pp. Fine copy in contemporary sprinkled calf (very neatly rehinged, front flyleaf loose). London: for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies; and W. Creech, Edinburgh,

Goldsmiths 16218; Rothschild 1902.Adam Smith chose his friends James Black and William Hutton as his literary executors, after first forcing them to burn sixteen volumes of his manuscripts before his death. These essays discuss "The Principles which lead and direct Philosophical Enquiries" illustrated by the history of astronomy, ancient physics and ancient logic and metaphysics; the nature of imitation in the imitative arts; the affinity between music, dancing and poetry, and between certain English and Italian verses; the five "external senses".

Stewart's life of Adam Smith was originally delivered as lectures at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 21 Jan. and 18 March, 1793 and printed in their Transactions.

Stock Code: 55036