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"IN POLITICAL ECONOMY I THINK SMITH'S WEALTH OF NATIONS THE BEST BOOK EXTANT" (JEFFERSON): 1791 EDITION OF WEALTH OF NATIONS WITH 1792 EDITION OF HIS THEORY OF MORAL SENTIMENTS, THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF THE "INVISIBLE HAND"

SMITH, Adam. Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth.of Nations… WITH: Theory of Moral Sentiments. London / Edinburgh, 1791, 1792. Five volumes.

Splendid set of Smith's Wealth of Nations, the first published after his death, sixth edition—"the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), together with Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, his first book, seventh edition—"Smith himself ranked it above Wealth of Nations"—rarely found together, a memorable five volumes from the library of leading German Neo-Kantian Heinrich Rickert, beautifully bound in contemporary tree calf gilt. $15,000.

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"THE FIRST AND GREATEST CLASSIC OF MODERN ECONOMIC THOUGHT"

SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Dublin, 1785. Two volumes.

Second octavo edition—the first in only two volumes—of Smith's landmark work on the individual's right to the free exercise of economic activity, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM 221), most attractive copy in contemporary tree calf boards. $4800.

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