Two vols, 8vo, pp. xxiv, 390; [iv], 494,  blank; light foxing throughout, the first and last few leaves of both volumes a little soiled with some light damp-staining, withal a good copy untrimmed in recent marbled paper boards, spines gilt with gilt paper lettering-pieces.
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First edition in German (first English 1782). Composed of seventy-two letters written during the course of a trip to India, dealing largely with the government and economies of the East Indies. In letter 25, (pp. 134-140), Mackintosh reports that at the Cape of Good Hope in April 1799, one Daniel Barwell lent the author his copy of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations – ‘a work of great labour and ingenuity; I had heard of it, and anxiously desired to see it, because it treated of such commercial and political matters as have long furnished a subject of speculation in my solitude … It is a performance that every statesman and legislator should study and digest. – Yet I have presumed to differ in opinion, in a few instances, from that great source of knowledge’ (I, 206-7). The ‘Observations’, written ‘on a cursory reading’ of Smith, are provided in an lengthy appendix in volume II (pp. 426-494), which juxtaposes quotations with insightful commentary, especially on the relationship of labour and value, and real and nominal prices. Macintosh presented a copy of his Travels to Smith (‘With Mr. MacIntosh’s compliments … Mr. M – having been abroad when these letters were printed, had not an opportunity of transmiting [sic] them in manuscripts’).
Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa was translated into French in 1786. Though DNB, Halkett & Laing, Kress and Allibone all name William Thomson (1746-1817) as the author, Thomson was a clergyman in Perthshire until October 1778, and his role was most probably editorial.
This edition not found in any reference work consulted; see Goldsmiths’ 12256, Kress B.523, Mizuta, Adam Smith’s Library, 1660, and Zachs 314 for the first edition.
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