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The Theory of Moral Sentiments
London: for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies (Successors to Mr. Cadell) and W. Creech, and J. Bell & Co. at Edinburgh,, 1797. or, An Essay Towards an Analysis of the Principles by which Men Naturally Judge Concerning the Conduct and Character, first of their Neighbours, and afterwards of themselves. To Which is Added, A Dissertation on the Origin of Languages. The Eighth Edition. In two Volumes. 2 volumes, octavo (205× 123 mm). Contemporary diced Russia, gilt roll border to boards, flat spines ruled, diced and lettered gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, silk ribbon marker. Spines lightly sunned, abrasion across the top of front board to volume II; 2 short marginal tears repaired to volume I, stain from silk ribbon marker to one opening; a very attractive set. Eighth edition, a good set of Adam Smith's first book, the work that established his reputation as a philosopher both in London and on the Continent. "One of Adam Smith's major claims to fame, in some ways his greatest, is his development of a unified concept of an economic system with mutually interdependent parts. His development of this came well before the Wealth of Nations; it is in the Theory of Moral Sentiments of 1759 and the Lectures of 1762-3" (D. P. O'Brien, The Classical Economists, 1975, p. 29). The sixth edition of the Theory, which appeared a few months before Smith's death, evinced a number of broad developments in his later thought, as well as his last views on many specific points. Smith at least in part made extensive revisions so that he might bequeath a refreshment of copyright to his publisher, in which he was successful. See the editors' introduction to the Glasgow edition (Oxford, 1976), pp. 15–20; Ross, Life, pp. 381–5, 391–5, and Richard Sher's account of the early editions of Adam Smith's books in Britain and Ireland in Tribe (ed.), A critical Bibliography of Adam Smith. This eighth edition was produced in 1000 copies.
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