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The Enlightenment & the BookScottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and America$
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Richard B. Sher

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226752525

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226752549.001.0001

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Composing the Scottish Enlightenment

Composing the Scottish Enlightenment

(p.43) 1 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

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