London: Printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell, Jr. and W. Davies, 1799. [Economics] FINELY BOUND NINTH EDITION. Three volumes. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.xii; 499 ; pp. vi; 518 ; pp.viii; 465 . With an appendix to volume II and an index to volume III. Recently bound in brown speckled half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to red morocco labels on spines, and marbled paper over boards. All edges speckled brown. Nice clean copies, with a very faint institutional stamp to the title page of each volume. Lacking half-titles. Presented in attractive new leather bindings. Very good. Reputedly stolen by Gypsies at the age of three, Smith grew up to become one of the pillars of the Scottish Enlightenment, winning fame as a moral philosopher as well as an economist. In 'The Wealth of Nations,' Smith laid the intellectual foundations for a liberal free-market society, and in so doing revolutionised the understanding of how societies, governments, and markets interact. He always insisted, from 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments' onwards, that the 'invisible hand of the market' would regulate capitalist impulses and channel excessive behaviour into productive and beneficent projects. 'The Wealth of Nations' further addresses questions of sovereignty of colonies, the origins of coinage, and the concept of credit, all of which would have a profound influence on the germinating United States of America, which declared independence in July 1776, the same year that Smith's work was first published. Item #59351
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