An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
The fifth edition, with additions. In two volumes.Dublin: Printed by William Porter, for G. Burnet, L. White, W. Wilson, P. Byrne [& 3 others in Dublin], 1793 Stock Code: 146656
Fifth Dublin edition, in an attractive contemporary Irish binding, of Smith's masterpiece, the most significant economics book ever published; the first Dublin edition was published in 1776, the same year as the first London edition.
Provenance: the copy of Richard Lovell Edgeworth junior (1764-1796), the son of the Anglo-Irish politician, writer and inventor of the same name (1744-1817), and the sister of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), the prolific children's author. Richard has signed on both title pages, and has noted on the front pastedown of vol. I that the book was presented to him in 1795 by his aunt Charlotte Sneyd (the sister of the writer Honora Sneyd). A nice provenance, given the close interest of Richard senior and Maria on economic matters; the family was steeped in economic theory and its implications.
2 volumes, octavo (206 x 127 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, red and green morocco labels to smooth spines.
Joints and extremities neatly repaired, contents lightly browned, complete with half-titles; an excellent copy.
ESTC T95114; Tribe 50.
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