1812 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
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Adam Smith, the Scottish philosopher and economist, is best known for this work which was first published in 1776. Top edge remains unopened to first few gatherings to volume III. Half titles to volumes 2 and 3 as called for. Very rare in original boards and unopened. To this work Smith offers one of the first descriptions of what builds nations wealth. It is regarded as a conerstone of classical economics. This fundamental study reflects on economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution whilst discussing productivity, free markets and division of labour. 'The Wealth of Nations' was formed of almost two decades of notes by Smith, his earlier works and an observation of conversations among economists at the time. It took Smith almost a decade to write. This 'New Edition' has an account of the author's life for the first time in addition to studies on the author and the French economists. This edition retains Smith's original introduction and has his advertisements for the third and fourth editions. Five editions of this work were published during Smith's lifetime.
In the original paper covered boards. Externally, sound with rubbing to the joints and extremities. Loss to the head and tail of spine. Rear hinge to volume I is weak, and held by one cord only. Front hinge and joint to volume III is tender with cords showing. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Occasional scattered spots to pages.
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