The Wealth of Nations

This copy belonged to historian Professor Alfred Cobban


Adam Smith


George Routledge & Sons, London, 1890
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Printing Details

Hardback, with gilt titling to spine. 21 × 14cm, xvi + 780pp.

This copy belonged to historian Alfred Cobban. He has signed the ffep with his full initials (A B C Cobban, dated 1919). Cobban (1901–1968) was a professor of French history who advocated a Revisionist view of the French Revolution.

First published in the same year as the American Declaration of Independence, The Wealth of Nations has had an equally great impact on the course of modern history. Adam Smith’s celebrated defence of free market economics is notable also as one of the Enlightenment’s most eloquent testaments to the sanctity of the individual in his relations to the state.


Fair condition. The cloth binding is rubbed and scuffed to the edges and the spine has a light vertical crease. The hinges are cracked but the inner binding is in good condition. Cobban has underlined some text and made a few marginal notes in pencil, this is mostly to the first 40 pages or so also for a few bursts later in the book. Overall a good reading copy with an interesting provenance.

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