Item #17336 An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. A new edition, with Additions. In Two Volumes. Adam Smith.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. A new edition, with Additions. In Two Volumes.
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. A new edition, with Additions. In Two Volumes.

The Most Influential Work on Economics ever Written

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. A new edition, with Additions. In Two Volumes.

Hartford, CT: Oliver D. Cooke, 1804. 3rd U.S. Edition. 8vo. Near Fine. Item #17336

A GORGEOUS two volume set of the most influential book on economics ever written, finely bound in later luxurious calf.

This is the 3rd American Edition, with additions not found in the 1789 or 1796 editions.

"The Wealth of Nations was first published in two volumes in 1776 during the Scottish Enlightenment and the Scottish Agricultural Revolution. It influenced several authors and economists, such as Karl Marx, as well as governments and organizations, setting the terms for economic debate and discussion for the next century and a half. For example, Alexander Hamilton was influenced in part by The Wealth of Nations to write his Report on Manufactures, in which he argued against many of Smith's policies. Hamilton based much of this report on the ideas of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, and it was, in part, Colbert's ideas that Smith responded to, and criticized, with The Wealth of Nations.

"The Wealth of Nations was the product of seventeen years of notes and earlier studies, as well as an observation of conversation among economists of the time (like Nicholas Magens) concerning economic and societal conditions during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and it took Smith some ten years to produce.

"The result was a treatise which sought to offer a practical application for reformed economic theory to replace the mercantilist and physiocratic economic theories that were becoming less relevant in the time of industrial progress and innovation. It provided the foundation for economists, politicians, mathematicians, and thinkers of all fields to build upon. Irrespective of historical influence, The Wealth of Nations represented a clear paradigm shift in the field of economics, comparable to what Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason was for philosophy." - Wiki

Two volumes complete. Vol. I - [2], viii, 387pp, [2]; Vol. II - [2], v, 415pp, 2. Raised bands, ruled in gilt, to spines. Two red-leather spine labels to each volume with titling in gilt. Private organizational library stamp to the bottom of each title page as well as the last page of text of each volume. Page 207/208 of Vol I with a tiny 1/2-inch closed tear to fore-edge.

Overall an exceptional copy of this cornerstone work in the field of Economics.

Price: $4,500.00

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