The Works of Adam Smith, LL.D....With an account of his life and writings by Dugald Stewart. In Five Volumes.
London, T.Cadell and W.Davies 1811-1812
5 volumes, octavo, contemporary calf, contemporary labels lettered in gilt, edges rubbed, covers scuffed, ruled in gilt, spines richly gilt, pp.xv +611; viii + (1) + 499; vi + 523; v + (1) + 515; iv + 584, engraved frontispiece portrait of Adam Smith to volume I from the Tassie medallion drawn by J.Jackson and end engraved by S.Picart, contemporary engraved armorial bookplate of William Barlee and bookplate of David Oliver, an attractive set.
Kress B5917. Goldsmith 20438. Vanderblue p.45.
First edition of the first printing of The Works of Adam Smith. Volume I contains The Theory of Moral Sentiments from the sixth edition; volume II, III, IV The Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations from the fourth edition; volume V Considerations concerning the Formation of Languages; Essays on Philosophical Subjects; Account of the Life and Writings of Dr Smith taken from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1793. The Appendix pp.553-584 contains Adam Smith’s two contributions in 1755 to the journal The Edinburgh Review which was a review of Johnson’s Dictionary and A Letter to the Author’s of the Edinburgh Review.