An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations…
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations …with a commentary by the author of "England and America".

London: Charles Knight, 1835-, 1840.

Four volumes, duodecimo, each with engraved frontispieces of Smith, Ricardo and other eminent economists; each volume bearing ownership name 'C.M. Wakefield'; bindings show some wear and spine ends a little chipped yet a very good set in original blind decorated green publisher's cloth.

A Wakefield family copy of this work to which Edward Gibbon Wakefield had provided a preface and commentary, a popular edition of Adam Smith's pivotal economic treatise. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography notes that by 1833 'Wakefield had become a confirmed disciple of Adam Smith and published an edited version of the Wealth of Nations, in four volumes, between 1835 and 1839. The extensive commentaries that accompany each chapter clearly outline his thinking as he sought to create a model post-enlightenment society.'

A Wakefield family copy of this work to which Edward Gibbon Wakefield had provided a preface and commentary, a popular edition of Adam Smith's pivotal economic treatise. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography notes that by 1833 'Wakefield had become a confirmed disciple of Adam Smith and published an edited version of the Wealth of Nations, in four volumes, between 1835 and 1839. The extensive commentaries that accompany each chapter clearly outline his thinking as he sought to create a model post-enlightenment society.'

The set comprises mixed editions in uniform publisher's cloth, with each volume bearing the manuscript owner's name 'C.M. Wakefield'. While this is evidently a family copy therefore, the initials do not correspond to any of his immediate family members. Given the emigration of several family members to New Zealand and Australia, the books may have belonged to a descendent living in the colonies, perhaps Clara Marie Wakefield, daughter of William Wakefield and Maria Sophia Emilie Schwass, born 1886 in Waimea East, Nelson, New Zealand; another possibility would be Clara Wakefield, born Melbourne 1864, daughter of Frank and Agnes Wakefield.

Price (AUD): $1,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #4108044