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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. A New Edition.
London: by T. Davison, Whitefriars, for G. Walker, J. Akerman, E. Edwards, 1822 - 3 volumes, octavo (219 × 132 mm). Contemporary polished orange calf, brown morocco labels, spines lettered in gilt with gilt raised bands and gilt tooled compartments, boards ruled in gilt, board edges gilt, turn ins stamped in blind, marbled edges and endpapers. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Spines faded, tips bumped, boards lightly scuffed and soiled, occasional minor foxing. An excellent set, handsomely bound. An attractively bound set of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). 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). "The Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry" (ODNB). Tribe 130; Vanderblue, p. 5.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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