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Vizsgalodas a nemzeti vagyonossag termeszeterol es okairol [Wealth of Nations]

Author Smith, Adam, 1723-1790.
Title Vizsgalodas a nemzeti vagyonossag termeszeterol es okairol [Wealth of Nations]
Imprint Budapest : Pallas Irodalmi es Nyomdai Reszvenytarsasag
Date of Publication 1891-1894
Language Hungarian
Notes The Library has one of the most extensive collections in the world of printed material relating to the 18th-century Scottish economist Adam Smith and his seminal work, "Inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations". This is the rare first Hungarian translation of of the work, translated by the Budapest lawyer Jakab Polya (1844-1897), with a lengthy introduction by the noted economist, politician and banker Gyula Kautz (1829-1909), under whose editorial control the book was published. Polya, although a lawyer, had a particular interest in economics and a sufficient grasp of English through his work with an international insurance firm to be able to cope with Smith's English text. For the present translation, he collaborated with the Hungarian civil servant Lukács Enyedi (1845-1906), who played a significant role in the promotion of economics as an independent discipline in Hungarian universities. The introduction by Kautz, which appears to have also been published separately (NLS copy: ABS.3.206.005) describes Smith's life and work, and his position as the "founder of economic science", putting his work into its historical context and offering a critical appraisal of his significance and his influence on 19th century economics and political theorists. Kautz was governor-general of the central bank of Hungary (the Osztrák-Magyar Bank) from 1893-1900, and the economics department of Budapest University is today named after him. The only other known copy of this translation is located at the Hungarian National Library.
Shelfmark RB.s.2816-2819
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 20/05/11
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