by bibliodeviant

University of Glasgow Library

We are delighted to report an exciting new arrival in Special Collections – a beautiful copy of the first edition of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations recently gifted by alumnus Stuart Leckie, OBE. The Wealth of Nations hardly needs introduction – it is regularly described as one of the most important and influential books ever written and, as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) comments:

“… is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry”.

Published in the same year as the American Declaration of Independence (1776), Smith’s An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations – now universally abbreviated to Wealth of Nations – was intended as a thoroughgoing examination…

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