Composing the Scottish Enlightenment

in The Enlightenment & the Book

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780226752525
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226752549 | DOI:
Composing the Scottish Enlightenment

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It is important to understand that David Hume's success came not only from the greater readability of his post-Treatise writings but also from the careful management and cultivation of his career as an author. Hume frequently involved himself in every aspect of the publication process. His surviving correspondence is filled with detailed observations, requests, and demands about the format, timing, paper, quantity, printing, publishing, and marketing, as well as textual content, of his books. The creation and evolution of Hume's Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects illustrate this point. In 1741 Hume began publishing his essays with the Edinburgh bookseller Alexander Kincaid, who was joined in copublication by the London bookseller Andrew Millar in 1748. Both separately and together, Kincaid and Millar issued different kinds of volumes by Hume, ranging from collections of short, less abstruse pieces on manners, literary criticism, cultural criticism, and political economy.

Keywords: David Hume; Treatise; publication; essays; Alexander Kincaid; Andrew Millar; literary criticism; cultural criticism; political economy

Chapter.  21447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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