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TitleAn inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations ... The third edition, with additions, in three volumes
AuthorAdam Smith
TagsCommerce, Oeconomical Law, Jurisprudence, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy 
CollectionsYour library, Books acquired while in Europe (1784-1789), Monticello Library (ca. 1770s-1815), Library Sold to Congress (1815)
Review"... in political oeconomy I think Smith's wealth of nations the best book extant ..."—Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, May 30, 1790

"... if your views of political enquiry go further to the subjects of money & commerce, Smith's wealth of nations is the best book to be read, unless Say's Political economy can be had, which treats the same subjects on the same principles, but in a shorter compass & more lucid manner ..."—Thomas Jefferson to John Norvell, June 11, 1807.

"Adam Smith, first in England, published a rational and systematic work on Political economy, adopting generally the ground of the Economists, but differing on the subjects before specified. the system being novel, much argument and detail seemed then necessary to establish principles which now are assented to as soon as proposed. hence his book, admitted to be able, and of the first degree of merit, has yet been considered as prolix & tedious." — From TJ's Prospectus for Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy, sent to Milligan for printing on April 6, 1816.

TJ frequently quoted from Smith's work in relation to banks and paper money; for example, Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, Nov. 6, 1813.
Publication date1784
PublicationLondon : Printer for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, MDCCLXXXIV. [1784]
Number of volumes3
Number of copies1
Dimensions22 cm
LC ClassificationHB161.S65
Primary languageEnglish
CommentsAcquired by TJ while in Europe between 1784-1789 for 24 shillings.

Listed in 1789 Catalog on page 35. Manuscript image (Massachusetts Historical Society).

Listed as 'Smith’s enquiry into the causes of the wealth of nations. 3.v. 8 vo.' in 1783 Catalog on page 152 (Transcription | Manuscript image (Massachusetts Historical Society)). A 2-volume quarto edition was also recorded earlier by TJ and later rubbed out or erased on page 151 (Transcription | Manuscript image (Massachusetts Historical Society)).

Sold to Congress in 1815, and listed as 'Smith’s Enquiry into the Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 3 v 8º.' in Trist Catalogue, page 72, no. 320 (Transcription). Manuscript image (Library of Congress).

Listed in Sowerby Catalogue in vol. III, page 438, no. 3546.

Copy at Library of Congress. Half red morocco; some leaves waterstained. Not initialled by Jefferson. With the Library of Congress 1815 bookplate.

TJ reacquired a 2-vol. 1818 edition after the 1815 sale, and this set was held in his library at his retirement retreat at Poplar Forest. This title was later offered up for sale in 1873 by his grandson Francis Eppes.
SummaryAn inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations by Adam Smith (1784)
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