An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
In Three Volumes. The Ninth Edition.London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1799 Stock Code: 118470
Ninth edition of Smith's highly influential work, which was first published in 1776. One of 2,000 copies printed according to Keith Tribe. "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).
3 volumes, octavo (208 x 130 mm). Contemporary tree calf, red morocco labels to spine, the latter ruled in Greek key roll, black morocco roundels lettered in gilt, edges specked red and black.
Joints and spine ends skilfully repaired, corners a little bumped, endpapers a little discoloured and marked with creases, worm-damage to rear pages and cover of vol. II, contents bright and clean, overall a very good set.
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