An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The Fifth Edition.

Smith, Adam

  • Publication details - London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell
  • Date - 1789


Stock Number: 2274 Category: Tag:

3 vols., 8vo, pp. x, 499, [1]; vi, 518, [6]; v, [i], 465, [51]. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco title labels and circular green morocco number labels. Paper flaw to one leaf in vol. 2 with loss of one letter on each side, a small stain to lower margin in vol. 1, one opening towards the end of vol. 3 rather soiled, otherwise just a bit of minor spotting. Bindings lightly rubbed, a touch of wear to corners and headcaps, one tiny nick to rear joint of vol. 1. Armorial bookplate of the Laird of Altyr in each vol.


'The Wealth of Nations ... remains still, and is likely to remain, the most valuable contribution made by any one person to the science of Political Economy, whose birth, indeed, its first appearance announced to an expectant world' (Millar, Literary History of Scotland, p.343). A very nice unsophisticated copy of a book increasingly hard to find in any eighteenth-century edition, let alone one from Smith's lifetime (this being the last lifetime edition).


ESTC T96680; Goldsmiths' 13794.

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