8vo. 976pp. Hardcover grey cloth boards in fair condition with an embossed “Modern Library” logo on the front board and spine with the title in gold on a black background. Rarely seen price-clipped d/w in fair condition with a sun damaged brown spine and edges with small tears in all corners now protected by clear archival covering, text is in overall good condition with attractive endpapers and a neat prior owner’s name stamp with an additional book-plate adhered to inside the front board An inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, generally referred to by its shortened title The Wealth of Nations, is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith. This book offers one of the world’s first collected descriptions of what builds nations’ wealth and is still today a fundamental work in classical economics. By reflecting upon the economics at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the book touches upon such broad topics as the division of labour, productivity and free markets. This is the complete Cannan edition of five books with the important introduction and notes by Professor Edwin Cannan of the London University in one single volume. A famous book said to be one of the greatest books of all time “on which our civilization rests”.