London: for A. Millar, and T. Cadell, 1767.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003355
4to (288 x 232 mm). Two volumes. , [v]-xv , , 639 ; , 646,  pp., including general index and separate errata leaf at end of vol. II, folding letterpress tables to rear of both volumes, bound without the initial blank in vol. I as usual, lacking initial flyleaf in vol. II. Uniformily bound in contemporary polished calf, each spine with 5 raised bands, expertly rebacked and recornered with new leather, gilt-lettered morocco labels and gilt ruling; boards with old gilt ruling (boards rubbed and scratched, extremities worn with some minor chipping), original pastedowns/endpapers present. Text with light even browning throughout as usual (preliminaries a bit stronger), occasional minor spotting and soiling, second title browned at outer margins from leather turn-ins and missing flyleaf, prelim. leaf A3 in vol. II with small dampstain to fore-margin. Provenances: The Library Company of Philadelphia and Arnold Heertje (bookplates to front-pastedowns). Very good set. ----
Blaug, Great Economists before Keynes pp.241-242; Einaudi 1527; Goldsmiths' 10276; Kress 6498; Higgs 3968; Palgrave III, pp.475-476; Schumpeter History of Economic Analysis p.176. FIRST EDITION of the most complete and systematic survey of economics from the point of view of moderate mercantilism which can be considered a culmination of economic thought before Adam Smith. "In the Principles, Steuart made notable contributions to economic theory: the historical analysis of the origins of the exchange economy, where he (like Adam Smith) was influenced by David Hume; to the theory of economic development with its emphasis on the importance of interdependent sectors; to the theory of competitive price, and, most notably, to the treatment of money and banking" (ODNB). "Steuart had the misfortune to be followed by Adam Smith in less than a decade. Otherwise [his Inquiry] would probably have served as the standard English economic text" (Carpenter). Its later influence "proved to be most considerable on the continent. During the 1770s the text was translated into German (twice), and into French in 1789. One authority has noted that "until the final decade of the eighteenth century, Sir James Steuart's Inquiry was better known and more frequently cited than Smith's Wealth of Nations" (Tribe, p. 133). - Visit our website to see more images!
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