An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
SMITH Adam (1796.)
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Eight edition. Three volumes. 8vo. , x, 499, [1, blank]; , vi, 518, [5, Appendix], [1, blank]; vii, [1, blank], 465, [1, blank], [54, Index] pp. With the half titles to each volume. Contemporary tree calf, flat spines elaborately panelled in gilt, second and fourth panels lettered in gilt red and black morocco labels, covers with simple gilt decorative roll borders, marbled endpapers (engraved armorial bookplates of 'Douglas G. Damer Dawson' to front pastedowns of each volume, Vol. 1 with small ink notation to top corner of front flyleaf with some offsetting to adjacent leaves, otherwise generally internally clean and unmarked; edges of boards slightly rubbed, corners gently bumped, shallow chipping to head caps, rear joint of Vol. 3 starting to split at head and tail but holding firmly, notwithstanding a very pleasing set). London,
The eight edition of 'the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought' (PMM) in an attractive contemporary tree calf binding.
Originally published in 1776, 'The 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' (ODNB).
Goldsmiths', 16558; Kress, B.3289; Tribe, 58; Vanderblue, p. 4.
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