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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of - SMITH, Adam - 1828. 
Edinburgh: for Adam Black and William Tait; and Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, London, 1828 - 4 volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm). Modern red half morocco, titles to spines gilt, raised bands with twin rules in black, comb-marbled boards, edges speckled red. A few marginal annotations in light pencil; ghosting from laid-in annotations to pp. 4189 in Volume 3. Slight spotting to endleaves. A very good set handsomely bound. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Based on the 1786 edition. "[T]he most well-known of the early nineteenth century English editions of Wealth of Nations because [John Ramsay] McCulloch was a distinguished political economist in his own right" (Tribe). In his Editorial Preface, McCulloch states that his own notes, of which the most important are collected in the final volume, are intended to "alert the reader to the fallacy of some principles advocated by Smith" while taking into consideration recent developments in academia and in legislation. Goldsmiths' 25469; Tribe 139.
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