An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

Lot Number 122
Author Smith, Adam
Title An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Year Published 1776
Place Printed London
Printed By Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell
Description 2 volumes. [12], 510; [4], 587 + [1] ad pp. A4, a2, B-3T4 (lacking 3T4, a blank); [A]2, B-4E4, 4F2. (4to) 30x23 cm. (11¾x9"), blue paper boards with 20th century morocco spines, modern endpapers, page edges untrimmed. First Edition.

Untrimmed first edition copy of Adam Smith's ground-breaking analysis of capitalist economics. The book is of profound influence in the development of modern society, and its appearance in the same year as the American Declaration of Independence matched the burgeoning political freedom to the unfettering of economic activity. Printing and the Mind of Man aptly states: "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 ins not a system, but as a provisional analysis it is completely convincing. The certainty of its criticism and its grasp of human nature have made it the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought." Printing & the Mind of Man 221; Rothschild 1897.
Comments Light foxing and some extremity wear to boards, front joint of Vol. II tender and spine head lightly chipped; light foxing to preliminary leaves, neat repairs to gutter margins of 2 prelim. leaves in Vol. II, not affecting any printing - a very nice set, in rare untrimmed state with full margins.
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Estimated Price USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00
Actual Price USD 90,000.00

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Auction House PBA Galleries
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Auction Name Rare Books and Manuscripts
Sale Number #488
Auction Date September 13, 2012 - September 13, 2012
Book Images 229322c