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An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.
An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.
An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.
An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.

An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.


First American edition in its as-issued binding for Ganilh’s Systèmes d’économie politique (1809) translated from the French by D. Boileau.

The Wealth of Nations compelled many other political economists to respond to these dictums, often challenging Smith’s doctrine. Charles Ganilh, a French political economist whose work, An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy, was reprinted in America for the first time in 1812, applied a stringent mercantilist critique to Smith’s work, but his opposition in fact helped to further encourage interest in Smithian thinking.” (Cohen)

Ganilh’s work is noteworthy for presenting “perhaps the most elaborate analysis of free verse slave labour before British emancipation.” (Drescher)


Description: An Inquiry into the Various Systems of Political Economy. Their Advantages and Disadvantages: And the Theory Most Favourable to the Increase of National Wealth.

New York: Peter A. Mesier, New York, 1812. [4],492pp, untrimmed. First American edition. Original boards and printed spine label. Binding with light wear; joints expertly strengthened with tissue; mildly foxed; early owner’s name to front board and title-page; Very Good.

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Shaw & Shoemaker 25488. Kress B5988. Ref. Cohen, Joanna. “Promoting Pleasure as Political Economy: The Transformation of American Advertising, 1800 to 1850.” Winterthur Portfolio 48, no. 2/3 (2014): 163-90. Drescher, Capitalism and Antislavery: British Mobilization in Comparative Perspective. (1987).


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