"SMITH HIMSELF RANKED IT ABOVE THE WEALTH OF NATIONS"
SMITH, Adam. Theory of Moral Sentiments. London, 1767.
Major third edition of Smith's first book, containing the first publication in book form of Smith's Considerations Concerning the First Formation of Languages, increasingly seen as "reflecting core ideas about communication that are integral to the full system of Smith's thought," along with the second edition's revisions at the core of "his central concepts of sympathy and the impartial spectator" (Tribe, 14), a seminal 1767 edition of Moral Sentiments—"one of the truly outstanding books in the intellectual history of the world" (Amartya Sen). $8200.