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Adam Smith auteur des recherches sur la richesse des nations & Thomas Payne

Author Joersson, S. A.
Title Adam Smith auteur des recherches sur la richesse des nations & Thomas Payne
Imprint Germanie
Date of Publication 1796
Language French
Notes This book sets Smith against Paine, arguing that Paine's teaching in 'The decline and fall of the English system of finance' threatens disastrous war and political disorder. This work, presented to the French government, offers Smith's philosophy as the sensible alternative. The author quotes from the 1781 Yverdon edition of Smith's 'Wealth of Nations'. The work seems to have been published simultaneously in English, French and German. NLS currently has only a copy of the English version, at shelfmark NG.1300.b.16. Despite being published in multiple languages, it seems to be an uncommon book, and it clearly did not have the effect its author was seeking. The appeal to France to seek peace rather than further destructive conflict evidently did not prevent the Napoleonic wars. This is a very nice copy in gilt red morocco, with marbled endpapers.
Shelfmark RB.s.2308
Acquired on 08/04/03
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