Letters on Mr Hume’s History of Great Britain.

[MacQueen, Daniel]

  • Publication details - Edinburgh: Printed by Sands, Donaldson, Murray, and Cochran. For A. Kincaid and A. Donaldson
  • Date - 1756


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iv], 328. Contemporary dark calf, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco label. Some dustsoiling and light staining, particularly to first few leaves. Rubbed and scratched, a scrape to fore-edge of front board. Author identified on the title-page in an early hand, small library stamp to verso of title-page and one other leaf, bequest bookplate to front pastedown covering an earlier bookplate.


One of the first responses to Hume's 'History'. Daniel MacQueen (d. 1777) was an 'exceptionally learned' minister in Edinburgh who 'took offence at some passages on the protestant Reformation in the first volume... and early in 1756 published anonymously at Edinburgh a lengthy critique... The footnotes demonstrate his command of Greek language and philosophy, while the text itself pursues Hume relentlessly for his alleged infidelity, concluding with a tract on the nature of 'true piety'' (ODNB). It may have led Hume to remove two passages of particular issue from later editions, though he never acknowledged this explicitly.


ESTC T81959.

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