SMITH, ADAM. 1723-1790.
An Inquiry into The Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations. London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. 2 volumes. , 510; ; 587,  pp. 4to (278 x 215 mm). Period full brown tree calf, spine in six compartments, red and green morocco gilt-lettered labels in two compartments, the others with heavy gilt flourishes, two custom brown cloth clamshell cases, gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. Occasional faint spots, paste action around margins of endpapers, also lightly affecting half-title in second volume and title-page in first volume, news clipping to rear free endpaper in second volume with offset to advertisement page, spines and corners with some careful repair, upper cover detached on second volume, lower joint partially cracked, both volumes with some stray marks, but generally an attractive, excellent copy.
First edition. Considered the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought, Smiths work was the first major expression of laissez-faire economics. BMC; Printing and the Mind of Man 221; Sabin 82302.
Provenance: Bookplate of J.G. Barclay to front pastedown of each volume.