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by David Hume

Hume's Essays
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author David Hume
Published :
Edition Precise edition unknown.
Volumes volume set

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Hume’s essays. 1st. vol. 8vo." This was one of the titles kept by Jefferson. He may have later sold it to the Library of Congress in 1815, but the volumes no longer exist to verify Wythe's prior ownership. George Wythe's Library[1] on LibraryThing indicates "Precise edition unknown." The Brown Bibliography[2] lists the first edition (1741) published in Edinburgh while admitting that we do not know which edition Wythe owned.

As of yet, the Wolf Law Library has been unable to procure a copy of Essays.

See also


  1. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe" accessed on February 3, 2015.
  2. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012, rev. May, 2014) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: