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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of - SMITH, Adam - 1789. 
London: for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell,, 1789. The Fifth Edition. 3 volumes, octavo (210 Ã120 mm). Contemporary tree calf sometime skilfully rebacked with the original spines laid down, richly gilt smooth spines (decorated with two alternating cornucopia motifs), green morocco labels and numbering roundels, Ownership inscription at head of each title page: "Thomas Harison 1834" and with his bookplate in volume III. Spines rubbed, scattered foxing or paper toning, top corner of front free endpaper torn or cut away in each volume. Fifth edition, the last to be published during Smith's lifetime. "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic aspects to the same point in a single work. The Wealth of Nations is not a system, but as a provisional analysis it is completely convincing. The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (Printing and the Mind of Man). An attractive set in period tree calf.
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