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David Hume Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Hume, David; Philosophy, British

Established in 1947, the collection was formed originally from the library's existing holdings and by extensive purchases in the late 1940s and early 195Os under the supervision of Prof. R. Klibansky and the University Librarian, R. Pennington. Other early contributors were Dr. J. W. A. Hickson and Dr. C. W. Colby. The collection has since been expanded regularly and systematically.

The collection includes first, early, and variant editions and translations of works by David Hume; contemporary and modern criticism of Hume; and books from Hume's library. In addition, there are fifty one letters by Hume.

English predominates. There are also translations and criticisms in various European languages.

546 monographs; 51 letters from Hume.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is fully catalogued using LC subject headings and classification. The records appear on MUSE (McGill Libraries Online Catalogue).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Whiteman, Bruce. -- "Recent Additions to the David Hume Collection". -- Fontanus IV (1991). 181-183.