Recherches sur La Nature et Les Causes de La Richesse des Nations; Traduction Nouvelle, avec des notes et observations; par Germain Garnier, de l’Institut National.

  • Smith, Adam
  • Paris: Chez H. Agasse 1802
  • Carpenter pp. 175-177, 223-227; A Critical Bibliography of Adam Smith pp. 37, 84-85.


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5 vols., 8vo, pp. [iv], cxxvii, [i], 368 + engraved frontispiece portrait; [ii], 493, [1]; [ii], 564; [ii], 556; [ii], 588. Nineteenth-century pebbled brown cloth, spines divided by blind rules, lettered in gilt, boards bordered with double blind rules, pale blue silk bookmarks. Some foxing, tiny hole to single leaf, affecting a few letters. Spines rubbed.


The concealed, corrected second edition of French poet Comte Germain Garnier's (1754-1821) translation of Smith's Wealth of Nations. Kenneth Carpenter notes that though there were two other French translations that preceded this one, 'Garnier's new translation was, in all ways, the most desirable', with an essay on Smith, his portrait, and an extra volume of notes. Often described as a corrected issue of the first edition, this is in fact a reprint from an entirely new setting of type, given the original date of 1802 probably to avoid the prepublication censorship regime introduced in February 1810.

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