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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The Fifth Edition.
London: for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1789 - 3 volumes, octavo (208 x 130 mm). Near-contemporary half calf, neatly rebacked to style, red morocco labels to spines, compartments ruled in gilt, marbled paper boards, green marbled endpapers, edges marbled green. Neatly rebacked and recornered. Upper margin of first few leaves of volume I with light damp mark, spotting throughout, more severe in places, slight marginal loss to two leaves (text unaffected); a very good copy. 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" (PMM). Goldsmiths' 13794; Kress B.1722; Tribe 33; Sraffa 5451; Vanderblue, p. 3. See Printing and the Mind of Man 221.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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