London: printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1776. First Edition. Quartos, 2 volumes; VG; bound in contemporary full tree calf, hand-tooled gilt and twin morocco labels with gilt titling to spines; occasional gathering with faint spotting; Volume 2 with the half-title, no half-title issued for volume 1; leaves measure 27.5 x 22 cm; Frank J. Farrell bookplate to both front pastedowns; ink initials to both front pastedowns;
White binder's paste visible to both sets of hinges and spines, slight staining to boards, possible repair beneath; lower rear hinge of volume two beginning to separate;
Volume 1: A4, a2, B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, 3A-3T4 (final blank presumed integral); Volume 2: [pi]2, B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, 4A-4E4, 4F2; With the usual cancels: M3, Q1, U3, 2Z3, 3A4 and 3O4 in volume I, D1 & 3Z4 in volume II; Volume: 1:small closed tear 3F1; Vol 2: Small ink stain to G4, small tear to M2, errata corrected to 3O2, 3Q4;.
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"The first and greatest classic of modern economic thought...Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic aspects to the same point in a single work" [PMM].
ESTC: T96668; Kress 7621; PMM 221; Goldsmiths' 11392; Grolier, English 57; Rothschild 1897