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Hume's History of England; Buist George

SKU: Buist, George, AB0210090 $99.00
HumeaTM s History of England from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, Abridged. By George Buist, V.D.M., Second Edition. Printed for J. and J. Fairbairn, Edinburgh in 1794. aFor the use of schools and young gentlemena¬Ě. 381 pages with two pages of publishers advertising. Cream to light tan pages with a 3 cm. tear on the right, middle edge of the title page. Similar tear on pages: 5, 41 & 43. OwneraTM s signature in ink on front and back end pages. Bookplate on inside cover. Pages exhibit random spotting throughout vol. with very little foxing. There is a dark stain on the foot approx. 3/4 cm. wide affecting the bottom of every page. It does not bleed into or interfere with the text. Text is complete. Period brown leather covers. The leather spine has been taped with black tape on both hinges and head. Wear is consistent with age of 216 years. David Hume (7 May 1711 a'' 25 August 1776), was a Scottish philosopher, economist, historian and an important figure in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume is often grouped with John Locke, George Berkeley, and a handful of others as a British Empiricist. During his lifetime, Hume was more famous as a historian; his six-volume History of England was a bestseller well into the nineteenth century and the standard work on English history for many years. During the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, Hume tutored the Marquis of Annandale (1720-92), who was officially described as a alunatica¬Ě. This engagement ended in disarray after about a year. It was then that Hume started his great historical work, which would take fifteen years and run to over a million words, to be published in six volumes in the period between 1754 and 1762 and immediately successful. While his works in philosophy to which he owes his current reputation were less widely read during his day.