A Critical Bibliography of Adam Smith by Keith Tribe, Hiroshi Mizuta

By Keith Tribe, Hiroshi Mizuta

This can be a severe bibliography of Adam Smith. It takes as its place to begin the Vanderblue choice of Smithiana held via the Kress Library and its accompanying released catalogue. This bibliography updates undefined, which basically had a really constrained unique move. the matter with Adam Smith isn't one in all attribution however the re-shaping of his paintings by way of the accompanying observation and notes or the influence of translation and abridgement. This serious bibliography hopes to deliver order to this method. an inventory of all variations with info in their salient issues offers an summary of the severe paintings on Smith as a number one member of the Scottish Enlightenment.

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G. Levrault (ESTC T219379), which is probably a reissue, with a cancel title page, of the 1799 Basil edition that appears to have the same pagination (ESTC T33500). fm Page 24 Monday, September 9, 2002 2:39 PM 24 A CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ADAM SMITH just £122. 1d. 1 Thus, Essays on Philosophical Subjects was the only one of Smith’s three books on which the publishers lost money. Irish Reprints of Smith’s Books Despite its popularity and steady sales, Theory of Moral Sentiments was not immediately reprinted in Dublin.

Cadell Jun. and W. Davies (Successors to Mr. Cadell) in the Strand; and W. Creech, Edinburgh’ (Creech’s name having been added as a result of a postscript in Stewart’s letter to Preston). 3 Sales were unimpressive. Andrew Strahan’s account of the book in his ledgers, titled ‘Dr. Smith’s Posthumous Essays’, records on the verso that on 23 December 1794 Strahan paid the executors £150 as his one-half of the copy money for the first edition (the other half would be paid by Cadell and Davies). There were no further payments to Smith’s estate, because a second British edition was never required during this period, though the work was reprinted quickly in Dublin, and four years later in Basil (Basel),4 and would appear as a volume in Cadell and Davies’s edition of Smith’s Works (1811–12).

Aside from this altogether eccentric aspect of Playfair’s editorialising, his real lack of competence did not go unremarked; we have already seen that Malthus found the drafts wanting in balance, and Francis Horner opened his own review of the work as follows: In the whole course of our literary inquisition, we have not met with an instance so discreditable to the English press, as this edition of the Wealth of Nations. It may be given as a specimen of the most presumptuous book-making. ’4 Although it is not entirely clear to which edition Horner was referring, he was perfectly correct to note that the expiry of copyright had prompted a flurry of new editions, and these were far better received than that of Playfair.

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