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SMITH Adam 1723-1790. BUCHANAN David - editor.

An inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations;

Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations:

SMITH Adam 1723-1790. BUCHANAN David - editor.

An inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations; A Strahan; and T Cadell. London: Strand. 1789

Description

3 vols, 1789, 5th ed (the last in Smiths lifetime).
In contemporary speckled calf, corners & edges lightly rubbed & worn. Spines rebacked, with the old carefully laid down (some time ago), decorative gilt tooling, new gilt titled book labels, edges rubbed. Internally: Vol 1, [3], (iv-x), [1], 2-499 pp. V2, [3], ((iv-vi), [1], 2-518 pp, [5] appendix. V3, [3], (iv-v), [1], [1], 2-465 pp, [1], [50] index, [1] adverts. Bookplates to fpds, text block edges yellowed, gilt tooling to board edges, joints cracked, hinges invisibly strenghtened, small ink name & date to V1 fpd, small closed tear to rear endpaper, some light foxing to endpapers only. (Folio, 12.7*21 cms).

Bibliography

Allibone 2126. Eatwell- Palgrave dictionary of Political Economy p423. Mizuta - Bibliography of Adam Smith.

Footnote

Smith, moral philosopher and political economist, whose Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry. Though often criticized for its rambling structure, historical digressions, and over-abundance of ‘curious facts’, the work has a single unifying theme which takes on further ramifications as it is unfolded. As the full title makes clear, it is an enquiry into the nature of wealth, how its benefits should be measured or judged. See ODNB.

Price

£2800.00