An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. With a life of the author, an introductory discourse, notes, and supplemental dissertations. By J. R. McCulloch.

  • Smith, Adam
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Adam Black, and William Tait 1828
  • Kress 25469; Tribe 139/WN94.


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4 vols., 8vo, pp. [ii], 7, [2], vi-xli, [i], xcvi, [2], [9]-420, 32 (ads) + frontispiece; viii, 505, [1]; vii, [i], 507, [1]; x, 634. Untrimmed in original blue boards backed in grey paper, printed paper labels to spines. Spotted and dustsoiled in places. Boards a bit marked, spines rather worn with covering paper and labels substantially defective, stitching strained but holding, front endpapers of vol. 4 partially renewed. Ownership inscription of Richard Banks to front pastedown in each vol.


The first McCulloch edition of the Wealth of Nations, 'the most well-known of the early nineteenth century English editions... because McCulloch was a distinguished political economist in his own right... [it] was repeatedly reprinted well into the later nineteenth century' (Tribe), though other editions with less critical apparatus probably outsold it nonetheless. Scarce in original boards.

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