Recherches sur la nature et les causes de la richesse des nations. Traduit de l’anglois de M. Smith. Tome premier [-sixieme].

Yverdon, [n.p.], 1781.

6 vols., 12mo, pp. [ii], viii, 298 [2] blank; [iv], 366, [2] blank; [iv], 292; [iv], 239, [1] blank; [iv], 310, [2] blank; [iv], 368; first and final leaves’ edges of each volume with some slight offsetting, titles of volumes one, two, and four lightly browned, withal excellent copies in contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt with contrasting morocco lettering- and numbering-pieces; rubbed; from the library of the Dukes de la Rochefoucauld, with their Chateau de la Roche Guyon stamp to the titles of each volume.


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Second French edition of the Wealth of Nations, the first version of this edition published in book form. Reprinted from Blavet’s serialised translation printed in the Journal de l’agriculture, du commerce, des arts et des finances from January 1779 through December 1780. Though Blavet claimed to not have been involved, the inclusion of a note from the editor of the Journal de l’agriculture on 1:181 suggests that either he and/or Hubert-Pascal Ameilhon, editor of the Journal, had a hand in the Yverdon edition.

Tribe 24. See Kenneth E. Carpenter, The Dissemination of the Wealth of Nations in French and in France (New York, The Bibliographical Society of Ameica, 2002), pp. 34-37.

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