Place Published: Edinburgh
Publisher: Oliphant, Waugh & Innes
Date Published: 1817
Edition: 2nd Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
UNCOMMON EDINBURGH EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC WITH INTERESTING PROVENANCE.
4 volumes, each 8vo, 22cm x 14cm, (8.5” x 5.5”),
Vol.1, x, -525pp.,
Vol.2, vii, -542pp.,
Vol.3, vii, -482pp.,index[53[,errata,
Vol.4, , xvi, -316, appendix-88pp., index .
Full leather binding, quite worn and missing three of the four spine label names and all volume numbers on spine.
Union Club library stamps (1 1/8” black ink circle) on a number of pages in each volume. Overall Good+ condition.
The second Edinburgh edition (first was 1811) of Smith’s authoritative work, first published in 1776. Wealth of Nations appears on virtually every list of the 100 most important books of all time. Union Club; The Union Club of Boston, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest gentlemen's clubs in the United States. Bookplate of [John Lowell "Jack"] Gardner Jr (1837-1898), husband of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840 - 1924), legendary queen of Boston society. She is quoted as saying, "Don't spoil a good story by telling the truth." Smith's groundbreaking work on the individual's right to the free exercise of economic activity, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM 221)
Smith spent the next ten years writing The Wealth of Nations (mainly from his lecture notes) which was first published in 1776.
An often-quoted passage from The Wealth of Nations is:
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages”
Good. Item #2168