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PITHY QUOTE FROM Smith: Works and Correspondence

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If it should be found impracticable for Great Britain to draw any considerable augmentation of revenue from any of the resources above mentioned; the only resource which can remain to her is a diminution of her expence.

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Book V Of the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth. Chapter III Of publick Debts

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. Electronic Edition. book cover

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-208-4

Language: English

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Adam Smith. Etching by Cadell and Davies (1811), John Horsburgh (1828) or R. C. Bell (1872). The original depiction of Smith was created in 1787 by James Tassie

List of Contents

The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith is the definitive modern biography of Adam Smith. The collection contains the complete works and correspondence of Adam Smith, together with select reference sources to the man and his work from Oxford University Press.


Smith, Adam. The Glasgow Edition of The Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. Andrew Stewart Skinner, Editor-in-Chief. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1976-1983.

  • Vol. 1. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.
  • Vol. 2. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.
  • Vol. 3. Essays on Philosophical Subjects. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
  • Vol. 4. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
  • Vol. 5. Lectures on Jurisprudence. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
  • Vol. 6. Correspondence. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

In addition, the following supplementary texts are included:

  • Ian Simpson Ross. The Life of Adam Smith. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Adam Smith’s library: a catalogue. Edited with an introduction and notes by Hiroshi Mizuta. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Andrew Stewart Skinner. A System of Social Science: papers relating to Adam Smith. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.


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