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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Steuart, James
AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL OECONOMY: BEING AN ESSAY ON THE SCIENCE OF DOMESTIC POLICY IN FREE NATIONS. FOR A. MILLAR AND T. CADELL, 1767
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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Steuart, James
AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL OECONOMY: BEING AN ESSAY ON THE SCIENCE OF DOMESTIC POLICY IN FREE NATIONS. FOR A. MILLAR AND T. CADELL, 1767
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
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Steuart, James
AN INQUIRY INTO THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL OECONOMY: BEING AN ESSAY ON THE SCIENCE OF DOMESTIC POLICY IN FREE NATIONS. FOR A. MILLAR AND T. CADELL, 1767
2 volumes, 4to, FIRST EDITION, 2 folding tables (one in each volume), errata leaf at end of volume 2 (errata for volume one printed on the verso of the final leaf of the Preface), contemporary tree calf, spines gilt, red spine labels, some slight soiling resulting from water damage to lower corner of volumes (more noticeable in vol. 1), some contemporary pencil annotations and notes, some spotting (particularly pp.455-467 in vol. 1), repaired tear to leaf a1 in vol. 2
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Provenance

The Forbes Baronetcy was created in 1626 for Sir William Forbes (d. circa 1650) by James VI in the Barontage of Nova Scotia. The majority of the works offered here were acquired by the sixth Baronet, also William (1739-1806), who added Pitsligo to his title in 1781. He was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, good friend of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson (see lots 45-46), and finally succeeded in recovering the Pitsligo estates forfeited after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. His son William, the seventh baronet, beat Sir Walter Scott to the hand of the renowned beauty Williamina Belsches Stuart (1776-1810), and it was with their marriage that the family moved to her family seat, Fettercairn House in Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire.

Literature

ESTC N797; Goldsmiths' 10276; Kress 6498; see Sabin 91387

Catalogue Note

"The first English work which had any pretensions to be considered as a systematic or complete view of the subject" (J.R. McCulloch, Literature of Political Economy), Sir James Steuart's Inquiry anticipated Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, which was published almost a decade later in 1776. 

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