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SMITH, Adam.

Rare books on political economy by Adam Smith, including first editions, signed editions and finely bound copies of The Wealth of Nations.

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  1. 125751
    First edition of Hamilton's poems, with a preface by Adam Smith, his first appearance in print. Learn More
    £3,750

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  2. "Considerations Concerning the First Formation of Languages." In: The Philological Miscellany;
    Rare first edition of The Philological Miscellany, all published, containing the first appearance in print of Adam Smith's "Considerations concerning the first formation of Languages, and the different genius of original and compounded Languages" (pp. 440-79), originally part of Smith's University Lectures on Rhetoric,... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 99764

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  3. 126917
    Second edition, one of 750 copies, printed in September 1760. "Besides some stylish improvements, a footnote at I.iii.1.9 replies to criticisms from Hume, and sixteen paragraphs are added to the account of the impartial spectator at III.2." (Tribe). Learn More
    £8,500

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  4. 120412
    Third edition of Smith's first book, the first edition to include the "Dissertation on the Origin of Languages", one of 750 copies, and the work that established his reputation as a philosopher both in London and on the continent. It contains "some minor revisions, especially to passages involving comment on religion" (Tribe),... Learn More
    £5,000

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  5. 123220
    Second edition of this classic of economic thought, one of 500 copies, the only other edition to be published in quarto format after the first edition of 1776. Long considered a straight reprint, this edition in fact contains "a number of alterations large and small, some providing new information, some correcting matters... Learn More
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  6. 120410
    Fifth edition, one of 750 copies printed. "The imprint of the fifth edition of 1781 looks much like the fourth, except that it no longer contains the name of William Johnston, who had retired as a bookseller in 1773" (Sher in Tribe, p. 15), as well as containing some small revisions to accidentals and punctuation. Learn More
    £2,250

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  7. 117561
    Third Blavet edition, the first to be published in book form within French borders, based on the second French translation by Blavet published in 1781. Jean-Louis Blavet's identity remained unknown until the publication of this edition, after which he publicly acknowledged his role as translator in a letter to the Journal... Learn More
    £1,500

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  8. 118023
    Fifth edition, one of 1,500 copies printed, the last edition to be published in Smith's lifetime. It was taken from the third edition (1784). "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.... Learn More
    £4,750

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  9. 85981
    Rare first Italian translation of the Wealth of Nations, probably the rarest of the 18th-century complete translations. No copy has appeared at auction since 1963. Learn More
    £22,500

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  10. 120379
    Sixth edition, one of 2,000 copies printed, first published in 1776. "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... Learn More
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  11. Theorie der sittlichen Gefühle.
    First complete German translation of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, the second German translation overall, volume two providing a translation of the additional material contained in the English 6th edition, published shortly before Smith's death in 1790. The first German translation of 1770 was made from the third edition... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 104689

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  12. 125037
    Sixth edition of Wealth of Nations, seventh edition of Theory of Moral Sentiments. This handsome set, bringing together Smith's two most important works, has a pleasing provenance, with the bookplates of the leading German Neo-Kantian philosopher Heinrich Rickert (1863-1936).
    The Wealth of Nations, the foundation text... Learn More
    £6,500

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  13. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 97132

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  14. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First edition, published five years after Smith's death, edited by Dugald Stewart with his "Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith", originally presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in two sessions during 1793. The editor states that the essays were intended as parts of "a connected history of the liberal... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 90155

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  15. Essais philosophiques...
    First French translation. "The writings that Joseph Black and James Hutton brought together in 1795 under the title Essays on Philosophical Subjects, together with Dugald Stewart's 'Account' and Smith's 1755 letter to the Edinburgh Review, were translated and published by Pierre Prévost as Essais philosophiques in 1797.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 98840

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  16. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
    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... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114661

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  17. 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... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 118470

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  18. 125040
    Tenth edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), which reprints the introductions to the third and fourth editions. Smith's short 'advertisements' to these earlier editions, normally found before the contents of vol. 1, have not been bound into this copy and the half-titles have been discarded.... Learn More
    £1,500

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  19. 120363
    First Playfair edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). William Playfair (1759-1823), a writer on political economy best known as the inventor of three fundamental forms of statistical graph (the time-series line graph and the bar and pie charts), paired his edition with sharp criticism... Learn More
    £1,500

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  20. 122383
    First Edinburgh edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), based on the text of Comte Germain Garnier's landmark French translation (first published 1802). Garnier's edition, which included a long introductory essay on Smith and a separate volume of notes, was "perhaps the most influential... Learn More
    £2,750

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  21. 120373
    First Edinburgh edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), based on the text of Comte Germain Garnier's landmark French translation (first published 1802). Garnier's edition, which included a long introductory essay on Smith and a separate volume of notes, was "perhaps the most influential... Learn More
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  22. The Works. With an Account of His Life and Writings by Dugald Stewart.
    First edition of the complete works of Adam Smith, with a biography of the author by the Scottish philosopher and mathematician Dugald Stewart. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 107885

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  23. 121185
    Later London edition in the original boards of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). It reprints the text of the fifth edition (1786), the last to be published in Smith's lifetime, and which was itself based on the text of the third edition, the last to which Smith made any significant changes.... Learn More
    £1,500

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  24. 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,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  25. 119552
    An attractively bound set of Smith's first book and the work that established his reputation as a philosopher both in London and on the continent, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and of the first Thorold Rogers edition of his magnum opus, The Wealth of Nations, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought"... Learn More
    £1,875

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  26. 114412
    A handsome set of a later edition of Smith's canonical work, first published in 1776 and still required reading in the age of Malthus, Ricardo, Godwin, et al. Learn More
    £1,500

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  27. 126435
    First American edition of Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, originally published in London in 1759, the present edition based on the 1809 edition published in Edinburgh by R. Chapman. Learn More
    £1,250

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  28. 128700
    First edition in Russian of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, very rare. This landmark translation (it is still the one used in Russia today) was made by Pavel Bibikov, who had brought out a translation of the Wealth of Nations (the edition read by Lenin) two years before. Both were published as part of his series the Library... Learn More
    £7,500

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  29. 117029
    First Rogers edition, based on the fourth edition published in 1786, of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). Rogers argued in his Preface that Smith should be regarded as a mainly inductive, historical thinker, and also set down a new charter for editorial work: "I am, however, disposed to think... Learn More
    £750

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  30. 128565
    First Rogers edition, based on the fourth edition published in 1786, of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM). Rogers argued in his Preface that Smith should be regarded as a mainly inductive, historical thinker, and also set down a new charter for editorial work: "I am, however, disposed to think... Learn More
    £725

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  31. 123661
    A complete and unabridged Modern Library reprint edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), based on the text of the fifth edition (1789). Perhaps Cannan's most lasting contribution to economics was as an editor of Adam Smith; his 1904 edition of the Wealth of Nations remained the standard... Learn More
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  32. 129998
    Facsimile of the first edition of the Wealth of Nations, number 449 of 1,000 copies, published to commemorate the bicentenary of the work's first publication. Loosely inserted in this copy is a bibliographic history of the Wealth of Nations in Japanese, also published for the bicentenary (a little chipped and creased). Learn More
    £425

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