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. A later edition of this much-published work. The one-volume edition with a short biography, here represented, is evidently the second such; an earlier edition in this format was issued in 1830, some 55 years after the first edition, which was published in the busy year of 1776.

Hardcover. 8vo. Three-quarter dark brown calf binding with marbled sides. XXX, 404 pp., excluding index. Good condition. Rubbing along joints and edges of boards; irregular surface excoriation to covers; patches of unobtrusive foxing 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 and minor smudge 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 on economic theory ever written.

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