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    From the Library of Wealth of Nations Author, Adam Smith

    M. [Jean Andre] Rouquet. The Present State of the Arts in England. London: J. Norse, 1755. First English edition. Small octavo. Approximately 6.75 x 4.25 inches. [2], vi [sic.; actually iv], [2, ads], 136 pages. Contemporary full calf, later calf spine ruled and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Skillfully rebacked, some wear, soiling to boards, some offset to endleaves and conjugate text leaves, slight toning, foxing in text. Overall, a near fine copy. From Adam Smith's library, with his bookplate on the front pastedown.

    Books from Smith's library are very rare on the open market, because half of his library was donated to Glasgow University, and the balance resides in Tokyo (having been purchased). From the James and Deborah Boyd Collection.

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    April, 2012
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