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

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

London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1778. Second edition. 2 volumes, quarto (280 × 225 mm). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked, spines decorated gilt, gilt rule border to covers, marbled endpapers. Engraved armorial bookplate of William Brightwell Sumner of Hatchlands. Later ownership inscription of Chas. E. Sorensen of Detroit Michigan, dated Feb. 11 1933 to title of volume one and half-title of volume two. Spines skilfully renewed to style, and corners repaired. A little surface wear to covers, small worm hole to foot of first few leaves of volume two, occasional light spotting; a very good copy.

Second edition, first published in 1776, of this classic of economic thought, the only other edition to be published in quarto format, one of 500 copies. Long considered a straight reprint, this edition in fact contains “a number of alterations large and small, some providing new information, some correcting matters of fact, some perfecting the idiom, and a large number now documenting references in footnotes” (Todd, p. 62).

Einaudi 5329; Goldsmiths’ 11663; Kress B.154; Tribe 15; Vanderblue, p. 3; see also PMM 221.
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