Chronicon Rusticum-Commerciale; or, Memoirs of Wool, &c. Being a collection of History and Argument, concerning the Woolen Manufacture and Woolen Trade in general
London: T. Osborne, 1747. 2 volumes, 8vo. , xvi, xlii, , , 422; 576pp. Half-title and list of subscribers in vol. 1.
Contemporary mottled calf, spines with raised bands, red morocco lettering pieces
First edition: a classic of pre-Industrialization British political economy.
Written to oppose restrictions on the exportation of wool, Smith's work provides a historical compendium on the subject, particularly in Great Britain. "This is one of the most carefully compiled and valuable works that has been published on the history of any branch of trade" (McCulloch, Literature of Political Economy, p. 237).
ESTC T99998; Goldsmiths 8283.