12mo, pp. [iv], iv, 271 (misnumbered 171), [1 blank]; some foxing, but a good copy, in contemporary half calf, flat spine decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled edges; corners worn, extremities rubbed.
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Catecismo de economía política, ó instruccion familiar. Que muestra de que modo se producen, distribuyen y consumen las riquezas en la sociedad. Del todo refundida y aumentada con notas en favor de las personas que quieren profundizar mas las reglas de esta ciencia.
First edition of a scarce Spanish translation of Say’s Catechisme, originally published in French in 1815, then republished, substantially enlarged, in 1821. Together with Augustin Pascual’s version, published in Madrid at the same time, this is the first Spanish translation of the revised 1821 text. Promptly translated into Spanish in its various versions (six editions of the Tratado, three of the Cartilla, two of the Cartas a Mr Malthus and one Epitome, all published before 1828), Say’s work played a key role in widening the sphere of Adam Smith’s influence on Spanish economic thought. The Catechisme in particular, designed as a concise and simple exposition of Say’s theories, became established as an academic textbook along with other ‘catechisms’ published in the early decades of the century, and enjoyed wide diffusion.
A 1833 reprint reveals the identity of the translator: Jose de Soto y Barona (1793-1869), a nationalist guerrillero who participated in the resistance against the French, later becoming professor of law in Zaragoza and a member of parliament.
Palau 303340 (giving Paris imprint). Not in Kress, Goldsmiths’, Einaudi or Mattioli. OCLC lists one copy at the National Library of Chile, and 3 in North America (Duke, New York Public Library, Brigham Young); the Library of Congress also holds one copy, COPAC adds one at Oxford.
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