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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

SMITH (Adam).

SMITH (Adam).

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

The Eighth Edition. Three volumes. 8vo. [218 x 133 x 94 mm]. [1]f, x, 499 pp; [1]f, vi, 518, [5] pp; vii, [i], 465, [1], [50] pp. Contemporary binding by Pigge of Lynn (with circular printed paper label in each volume) of tree calf, smooth spines divided into six panels by double gilt fillet, lettered on a new red goatskin label in the second panel and numbered in a new small circular green goatskin label in the fourth, the others with a large urn tool, the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, plain endleaves, lightly yellowed edges. (Joints, headcaps and corners worn and spine rubbed).
London: for A. Strahan, T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1796

Small damp-stain at upper corner of last few leaves in vol.2 and a little light spotting, but a very good clean copy, with the half-titles. There is a rather quaint example of faulty printing on p.279 in vol.1. The bindings are rather worn but the joints are still firm and the labels have been replaced to match the originals. They were originally bound by Pigge of Lynn in Norfolk, with his circular black on white (or yellow) label. Ramsden, Bookbinders of the United Kingdom (Outside London) 1780-1840, p.131, saw the same labels on books of about 1800 with the bookplate of Sir Martin Brown ffolkes.

Early ink signature of Caleb Rose in vol.1. This is probably Caleb Rose of Eye in Suffolk, the father of the surgeon and geologist Caleb Burrell Rose (1790-1872). Signatures of P. H. Alder-Barrett dated Nov. 1918. With Galloway & Porter bookseller's label.

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