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An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations : with a life of the author by  Adam SMITH - Hardcover - 1822 - from Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books and

An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations : with a life of the author

by SMITH, Adam

Condition: Near Fine

1822 Wealth of Nations Adam Smith Economics Industrial Revolution Capitalism 3v

"Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog."

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

An early 19th-century edition of the famous "Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith. "Wealth of Nations" was one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds a nations' economy, wealth, and capitalism. Smith begins this landmark work by stating that the source of a nation's wealth comes from the labor of the people. Throughout the rest of the work, Smith shows how productivity and financial exchanges are the root of a working economy.

This extremely rare 1822 edition was published in London and features a 'life of the author' in three volumes.

Item number: #5438

Price: $750


An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations : with a life of the author

London: Printed for J. Richardson and Co., 1822.


· Collation: Complete with all pages; 3 volumes

o Vol. 1 – vi, xxiii, [1], 336

o Vol. 2 – iv, 348

o Vol. 3 – iv, 312, [46]

· References: Goldsmiths'-Kress, 21740; PMM 221

o PMM: "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought"

· Language: English

· Binding: Leather; tight & secure

· Size: ~7in X 4.5in (18cm x 11.5cm)

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Multi-volume Set

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (generally referred to by the short title The Wealth of Nations) is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist Adam Smith. It is a clearly written account of economics at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, as well as a rhetorical piece written for the generally educated individual of the 18th century - advocating a free market economy as more productive and more beneficial to society.


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