An inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1853) hardcover book


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Adam Smith - An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations, complete in one volume

London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1853. This is a later edition of this much-published work. It appears that the one-volume edition with a short biography, here represented, is the second such; an earlier like edition was issued initially in 1830, some 55 years after the first edition of 1776 and a bevy of successors in the intervening period. Three-quarter dark brown calf binding with marbled sides. 8vo. XXX, 404 pp., excluding index. Rubbing along joints and edges of boards as well as some irregular surface excoriation to outside covers. Patches of unobtrusive foxing present on endpapers and several proximate pages at either end. Dampstain to upper forecorner of textblock extending 2cm along top and fore-edge, penetrating some 3mm, and affecting preliminary pages through to p. 14 or so. Edges of textblock show general wear, smudging markings. Pages are all intact and legible and binding remains solid.

"The Wealth of Nations," as the book is generally known, is widely regarded as the most influential book ever written on the subject of economics.

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