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: 134298
"The first and greatest classic of modern economic thought"Ninth edition of Smith's highly influential work, which was first published in 1776. "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 (213 x 129 mm). Contemporary calf, orange and blue morocco labels to spines, gilt ornaments to compartments, gilt floral roll to covers.
Contemporary bookplate of Thomas Hartley of Linethwaite to front pastedowns. Half-titles present. Front joint of vol. I split and vol. III starting but still firm, light rubbing to extremities, light chipping to labels. A very good copy.
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