Recherches sur la nature et les causes de la richesse des nations.
Traduit de l'Anglois, par M***.The Hague: [no name,] 1778 Stock Code: 94923
Very rare first edition in French of the Wealth of Nations. This is the first complete translation of the text; an extract, Fragment sur les colonies en général, et sur celles des anglois en particulier, translated by Reverdil, had been published in Lausanne and Basel earlier in 1778 to test public demand for the work. "This translation of the 1776 English edition of WN has remained a mystery. Was it printed in The Hague? If not, where was it printed? Who was M***, identified on the title pages as the translator? Copies are rare within French libraries" (Carpenter).
4 volumes, duodecimo in 4s and 8s (162 x 90 mm). Contemporary calf-backed drab paper boards, smooth spines with four gilt roll rules, lettered and numbered in gilt within gilt-panelled compartments.
Corners lightly rubbed, but an excellent set, crisp and clean throughout.
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