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SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776-1784.
SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776-1784.
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SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776-1784.

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SMITH, Adam (1723-1790). An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776-1784.

First edition, complete with the Additions and Corrections. 'The first and greatest classic of modern economic thought' (PMM). An excellent copy in a handsome contemporary binding. In his Wealth of Nations Smith 'begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary to it. The improvement of the division of labour is the measure of productivity and in it lies the human propensity to barter and exchange... The Wealth of Nations ends with a history of economic development, a definitive onslaught on the mercantile system, and some prophetic speculations on the limits of economic control' (PMM). Goldsmiths' 11392; Grolier English 57; Kress 7261; PMM 221; Rothschild 1897, 1898.

3 volumes, quarto (290 x 228mm). With the half-title only in volume II, as issued, and the final blank in volume 1, adverts printed on verso of last leaf in volume 2. Cancels: M3, 2Z3 and 3A4 in vol. 1. (2Z3-4 in vol. 1 misbound, insignificant light scattered spotting mainly confined to margins, heavier to vol. 3, marginal closed tear to 2Y3 in vol. 1, very small marginal chips to 3G4 in vol 1, T4 and 3O2 in vol. 2.) Contemporary sprinkled calf, vols 1-2 with gilt spines with red morocco gilt lettering pieces, blue edges, vol. 3 slightly shorter with yellow calf lettering-piece (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Vols I-II: John Rolle, Baron Rolle of Stevenstone (1750-1842; engraved armorial bookplate) -- Louis E. Goodman (bookplate) -- Kenneth Harrison (bookplates); vol. III: Moriz von Kuffner (bookplate) -- Kenneth Harrison (bookplate).
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