An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
With a Life of the Author. Also, a view of the doctrine of Smith, compared with that of the French economists; with a method of facilitating the study of his works; from the French of M. Garnier. In three volumes.London: printed for J. Maynard and F. Zinke, 1811 Stock Code: 125010
Later London edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). The text of this edition is a reprint of the fifth edition of 1786, which was the final edition to be published in Smith's lifetime. The life and the essay by Germaine Garnier (1754-1821), translator of the Wealth of Nations into French, were first included together in 1806.
"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" (PMM).
3 volumes, octavo (219 x 140 mm). Contemporary half calf, gilt rules to spine, black morocco labels, marbled sides.
Tables in the text.
Spines and extremities worn, front joint of volume 2 cracked but still holding, spine label to volumes 2 &3 chipped, scattered light foxing; withal a very good copy.
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