SMITH, ADAM. 1723-1790. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. London: A. Millar, A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1759.

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SMITH, ADAM. 1723-1790.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments. London: A. Millar, A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1759.

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SMITH, ADAM. 1723-1790.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments. London: A. Millar, A. Kincaid and J. Bell, 1759.
8vo (199 x 120 mm). Half title, errata page at end. Contemporary paneled calf, renewed green morocco gilt spine label. Joint cracked, top cover detached, browning to endpapers transferring to first and last few leaves of text.
Provenance: Robert McNamara (1916-2009; US Secretary of Defense).

FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, which established his reputation immediately upon publication. In this work, Smith outlined his theory that observation and judgement of the behavior of others makes us conscious of our own, and our sympathy with others gives us awareness of the morality of our actions. It is often felt to be at odds with his most famous work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, but both works are equally incisive examinations of human nature. Goldsmith 9537; Kress 5815.
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