Undersøgelse om National-Verstands Natur og Aarsag … Af det Engelske oversat og med nogle Anmærkninger oplyst af F. Dræbye. Første Deel [–Hertil er føiet Gouvernør Pownals Brev til Forfatteren i hvilket nogle af de i dette Vœrk fremsatte Lœresœtninger prøves. Anden Deel].

Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1779–80.

Two vols, 8vo, pp. [xii], 575, [1] blank; [viii], 775, [3] errata; marginal tear to one leaf (text unaffected), else a very good copy in contemporary sprinkled sheep, spines decorated gilt in compartments, upper joint of volume one restored preserving the original spine, volume two with the gilt largely eroded, joints and spine ends restored, red edges.

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First edition in Danish of the Wealth of Nations, published together with a translation of Thomas Pownall’s critical Letter … to Adam Smith (1776). The translation was prepared from the 1776 first edition by Frants Draebye. Smith acknowledged it in two letters of 1780, the first to Andreas Holt, Commissioner of the Danish Board of Trade and Economy, to whom he wrote ‘It gives me great pleasure to hear that Mr Dreby has done me the distinguished honour of translating my Book into the Danish language…’ (Correspondence, letter 208), the second to Peter Anker, Consul General of Denmark in Great Britain (ibid., letter 209), and sent three copies of the second edition with the letters.

Tribe 19; Vanderblue, p. 23; not in Goldsmiths’ or Kress; NUC locates copies at Yale and Harvard only; OCLC adds Northwestern.

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