An Inquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
In three volumes. A new edition.London: printed for G. Walker, J. Akerman, E. Edwards; Thomas Tegg: G. and J. Robinson, Liverpool; E. Thompson, Manchester; J. Noble, Hull; J. Wilson, Berwick; W. Whyte and Co. Edinburgh; and R. Griffin and Co. Glasgow, 1822 Stock Code: 121184
An attractively bound set of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary to it. The improvement of the division of labour is the measure of productivity and in it lies the human propensity to barter and exchange The Wealth of Nations ends with a history of economic development, a definitive onslaught on the mercantile system, and some prophetic speculations on the limits of economic control" (PMM). "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 (214 x 138 mm). Contemporary half calf, red and green morocco spine labels, double rules and fleurons to compartments in blind, raised bands tooled in gilt, red cloth sides, marbled edges.
Refurbished, contents foxed. A very good copy.
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