David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton (eds), The Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature, Vol. 1: Texts
In the nearly twenty years since we began working on the several parts of this critical edition of Hume's Treatise, we have had the assistance and support of many individuals and several institutions. We acknowledge the value of this help in the preparation of the volumes that follow, and offer our warm and sincere thanks to all who have given it to us.
First, we wish to mention Tom Beauchamp and M. A. Stewart. As friends, colleagues, and General Editors of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of David Hume, each has read and reread earlier drafts of much of what follows in Volume 2, and provided indispensable assistance, criticism, encouragement, and information. We are especially indebted to Prof. Stewart for guidance regarding the text and context of the Letter from a Gentleman.
We have also received assistance and advice from many other members of what Hume called the 'Republic of Letters'. Louis Loeb, Isabel Rivers, and John Stephens served as readers for the Press and provided us with many valuable comments and suggestions. Donald Baxter, Phillip Cummins, Deborah Danowski, Roland Hall, and F. L. van Holthoon have corresponded with us about textual matters. Randall McLeod showed us how to use his visual collator to identify textual variants. Lady Mary Hyde allowed us to collate the copy of the Treatise presented by Hume to Alexander Pope. The Earl and Countess of Rosebery made archival research a memorable occasion. Michael Crump took David Norton behind the scenes of ESTC in its early days, thus enabling him, with further help from James Mosley of the St Bride Library, to identify the printer of the three volumes of the Treatise.
David Raynor commented on an early draft of the 'Historical Account', while Manfred Kuehn and Dario Perinetti generously assisted with parts of that account. Others who have advised us on matters discussed in the 'Historical Account' include Lawrence Bongie, Roger Emerson, James Fieser, Heiner Klemme, Bruno Lagarrigue, Michel Malherbe, Richard Sher, Piet Steenbakkers and John Wright. Those who have given us help with the editorial annotations include Michael Barfoot, Mark Box, Alexander Broadie, Lorraine Daston, George di Giovanni, Roger Emerson, Lorne Falkenstein, James Franklin, Knud Haakonssen, Thomas Holden, Alison Laywine, Thomas Lennon, Stephen Menn, Eric Schliesser, Graham Solomon, and Paul Wood. Michael Silverthorne has provided both guidance about things classical and translations of the Latin texts quoted by Hume. Research assistance has pg viibeen provided by Michael Anderson, Christopher Hillyard, Jane Roscoe, and Daniella Shippey, while Salim Hirji, Angela Norton, and Roger Norton have kept our computers in good order. Norman Swartz helped us take maximum advantage of the software used in preparing the indexes to these volumes.
We are also grateful for the assistance or encouragement of many others, including George Allen, Herb Bailey, Nicolas Barker, Hans Boediker, O. M. Brack, Jack Davidson, Francis Dauer, George Davie, Rolf George, Anil Gupta, Moheba Hanif, Raymond Klibansky, Gertrud Jaron Lewis, Peter Lamarque, Emilio Mazza, Jane McIntyre, João Paulo Monteiro, Robin Myers, David Owen, Terence Penelhum, Ewan David Ross-Hume, Andrea Rotundo, Tatsyua Sakamoto, Ryu Susuato, Sandy Thatcher, Saul Traiger, James Tully, Ken Winkler, D. C. Yalden-Thomson, and James Young. Still other acknowledgements are found in our notes and in the editorial annotations. If we have inadvertently omitted anyone to whom thanks are due, we offer our apologies.
This project could not have been carried out without the continuing assistance and co-operation of many libraries and librarians. We are fortunate to have been able to draw on the extensive resources of the David Hume Collection of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the McGill University Libraries. We thank Elizabeth Lewis, Bruce Whiteman, and Richard Virr, past and present overseers of that Collection, for their help. We are especially indebted to Brian Hillyard, Iain Brown, Patrick Cadell, and Ian Cunningham of the National Library of Scotland; to Richard Landon of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto; to Elliot Shore, former librarian at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; to Bridget Molloy and Ross Scimeca of the Hoose Philosophy Library, University of Southern California. We also wish to thank the special collections librarians of the Firestone Library, Princeton University; the University of Edinburgh Library; the Edinburgh Central Library; the Signet Library, Edinburgh; the Aberdeen University Library; the Glasgow University Library; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; the Pembroke College Library; the British Library; the Cambridge University Library; Dr William's Library; and the Australian National University. We are also indebted to the staffs of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; the Scottish National Archives; the Huntington Library; and the William Andrews Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Still other librarians we wish to thank include Peter Jones (King's College, Cambridge), Kendall Wallis (McGill) and Charles Benson (Trinity College, Dublin), and those dozens who responded to our enquiries in search of the copies of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Treatise containing 'a Vast of Corrections and Additions in the handwriting of the Author'. In recent years we have benefited from the assistance of the helpful staff of the University of Victoria Library.
pg viiiInstitutional support for our work began with the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Arts, McGill University, and the former Dean of that Faculty, Michael Maxwell. Sabbatical leaves, combined on one occasion with a Killam Research Fellowship from The Canada Council for the Arts, enabled David Norton to concentrate on the project for relatively lengthy periods. The McGill Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the American Council of Learned Societies provided further financial assistance to David Norton, as did the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. We are grateful to Morton White for his part in making possible a fruitful academic year at the Institute. A year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, and a term at the History of Ideas Unit, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, were equally valuable. We are grateful to Peter Jones and Knud Haakonnsen for helping to make these two opportunities possible. Interested staff at the Centre for the New Oxford English Dictionary, University of Waterloo, generously helped us take advantage of their resources.
We note that Angela Blackburn was instrumental in steering the critical edition of Hume to the Clarendon Press, where we have been encouraged and guided by Tim Barton, Peter Momtchiloff, and Rupert Cousens. Jenni Craig has patiently smoothed the process of production. Jean van Altena has provided thoughtful copy-editing, and Andrew Hawkey, meticulous proof reading. We are pleased to have had this opportunity to work with these and other individuals at the Clarendon Press.
David Fate Norton
Mary J. Norton
Victoria, British Columbia
We are grateful for the invaluable assistance of Eleanor Collins and Mike Payne at the Clarendon Press in the preparation and production of this paperback edition.
Victoria, British Columbia