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SMITH, Adam.

Essais philosophiques…

précédés d'un précis de sa vie et de ses écrits; par Dugald Stewart... Traduit de l'anglais par P. Prevost.

Published: Paris: H. Agasse, 1797

Stock code: 98840

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First French translation. “The writings that Joseph Black and James Hutton brought together in 1795 under the title Essays on Philosophical Subjects, together with Dugald Stewart’s ‘Account’ and Smith’s 1755 letter to the Edinburgh Review, were translated and published by Pierre Prévost as Essais philosophiques in 1797. Prévost added ten notes in the form of commentary directed to specific points, as well as a more general essay ‘Reflexions sur les oeuvres posthumes d’Adam Smith'” (Tribe).

2 parts bound in one, octavo (196 117 mm). Contemporary French speckled calf, flat spine ruled and decorated gilt, black morocco label, three-line gilt border on sides, marbled edges and endpapers. Fine engraved portrait frontispiece of Smith by Benoît-Louis Prévost. Upper joint and head of spine skilfully repaired, some light browning but a very attractive copy, complete with half-titles and the superb portrait (often missing).

Bibliography: Einaudi 5325; Goldsmiths' 16932; Jessop, p. 172; Kress B.3505; Tribe 65; Vanderblue, p. 44 .

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