The Sixth Edition of "The Wealth of Nations"Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In Three Volumes. The Sixth Edition. London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1791.
Sixth edition (first published in 1776). Three octavo volumes (8.25 x 5.1875 inches; 210 x 131 mm.). x, 499, [1, blank]; vi, 518, [5, Appendix], [1, blank]; v, [1, blank], 465, [1, blank], [49, index], [1, publisher's advertisements] pages.
Recently bound in full burgundy morocco. Spines ruled in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, with gilt center tool in two compartments, black calf gilt lettering labels in two compartments. Edges stained yellow. Volume I with marginal soiling to pp. 30 and 31 and a small hole (paper flaw) in the upper corner of Cc1 (pp. 385/386), affecting the page numbers. Volume II with a slight crease in the gutter margin, a few pencil markings, and a few small ink marks. Volume III with a small piece torn from the outer blank margin of Z6 (pp. 347/348). An excellent copy.
Adam Smith (1723-1790) spent ten years in the writing and perfecting of The Wealth of Nations. "The book succeeded at once, and the first edition was exhausted in six months...Whether it be true or not, as Buckle said, that the 'Wealth of Nations' was, 'in its ultimate results, probably the most important that had ever been written'...it is probable that no book can be mentioned which so rapidly became an authority both with statesmen and philosophers" (D.N.B.).
ESTC T95383. Goldsmiths' 14612. Printing and the Mind of Man 221 (describing the 1776 first edition)
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