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The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
London: Printed for A. Millar, A. Kincaid and J. Bell; and sold by T. Cadell,, 1767. To which is added A Dissertation on the Origin of Languages. The Third Edition. Octavo (204 x 125 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco label with triple rule border in gilt, compartments double ruled in gilt, raised bands, boards double ruled in gilt. With the final blank leaf, bound without the front free endpaper. Occasional pencil annotations to the text. Extremities a little worn, corners bumped, joints split but firm, a few marks to boards, endpapers and title page browned from turn-ins, bound without the front free endpaper. Contents browned and foxed with a small nick to leaf D1, otherwise a very good copy. Third edition of Smith's first book, the first edition to include the "Dissertation on the Origin of Languages", one of 750 copies, and the work that established his reputation as a philosopher both in London and on the continent. It contains "some minor revisions, especially to passages involving comment on religion" (Tribe), which Smith made upon his return from France in 1766. After being described as "Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Glasgow" on the title pages of the first and second editions, Smith wrote to Strahan ahead of the publication of this edition to ask him to "call me simply Adam Smith without any addition either before or behind" (letter 100, Mossner & Ross, p. 122). While his academic title was removed, he was still credited as "LL.D.", and this remained on the title page of the subsequent editions, thus cementing his reputation as "Dr Smith". The "Dissertation" had been previously published in The Philological Miscellany (1761) as "Considerations Concerning the First Formation of Languages".
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