Lot 294: Exceedingly rare ink signature, "David Hume," on an off-white 3 x 1 slip clipped from an ALS, retaining several words on the reverse in his hand: "[ex]plain the Sense, not of the Sense to…reversing the Order of Nature, like…[ad]ded the Greeks) in their Saturnalia." An ink notation of 1775 is penned in another hand below the signature. In fine condition. Accompanied by a transcript of the full text of this letter, written to John Home and dated September 20, 1775, which can be found in the 1932 edition of The Letters of David Hume. The letter discusses the ambiguity of words and their definitions, a major subject of his important work An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. A choice example of this immensely desirable autograph.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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