The present text of "Of Suicide" is printed, by permission, from a proof-copy of the unpublished, 1755 version of the essay that is owned by the National Library of Scotland. This proof-copy has twenty corrections in Hume's own hand. The posthumous, 1777 edition of the essay fails to make these corrections, and it departs from the earlier printed version in paragraphing, punctuation, capitalization, and, on occasion, wording. The 1755 version of "Of Suicide" was unavailable to Green and Grose. They follow instead the 1777 edition, but introduce variations of their own. Since we cannot determine the extent to which the 1777 edition reflects Hume's wishes, the corrected, 1755 version of "Of Suicide" is the copy-text of choice. The editor is grateful to the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland for providing a photocopy of the corrected, 1755 versions of "Of Suicide" and "Of the Immortality of the Soul" and for giving permission to reprint these essays.]
Essays on suicide, and the immortality of the soul: ascribed to the late David Hume, Esq. Never before published. With remarks, intended as an antidote to the poison contained in these performances, by the editor. To which is added, two letters on suicide, from Rosseau's [sic] Eloisa.
Two essays (Hume, David, 1711-1776.) iv,107,p. ; 8⁰. (London :) printed for M. Smith; and sold by the booksellers in Piccadilly, Fleet-street, and Paternoster-row,1783.
Intended to be printed in 'Four dissertations', 1757, but suppressed from publication (DNB); published at London first in 1777 as 'Two essays'.
Reproduction of original from the Harvard University Houghton Library.
English Short Title Catalog, ESTCN2705.
Electronic data. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. Page image (PNG). Digitized image of the microfilm version produced in Woodbridge, CT by Research Publications, 1982-2002 (later known as Primary Source Microfilm, an imprint of the Gale Group).