The Forbes Copy of the First American Edition of Adam Smith's Magnum Opus The Wealth of Nations
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
Item Number: 4459
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1789.
First American edition of the author’s magnum opus. Small octavo, 3 volumes, contemporary calf, rebacked. In near fine condition. From the library of Malcolm Forbes. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. "Adam Smith's enormous authority resides, in the end, in the same property that we discover in Marx: not in any ideology, but in an effort to see to the bottom of things" (Robert L. Heilbroner).