Fable of the Bees - Parts I and II

Fable of the Bees – Parts I and II


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[002518] [Mandeville, Bernard]. The Fable of the Bees: Or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits. With an Essay on Charity and Charity-Schools and a Search Into the Nature of Society WITH The Fable of the Bees Part II. London: J. Tonson; J. Roberts, 1732. Reprint. 8vo. Full Calf. Good. Two volumes complete – Volume One – [16], 477pp, [1] and Volume Two – [2], xxx, 432pp, [24]. Contemporary calf boards, recent reback, raised bands, spines in six panels, title label to second panel, volume number lettered direct to third, remaining panels with repeated blind palmette tool.

Rubbed to extremities, corners bumped, couple of small gouges to covers with a couple of repairs to covers. Internally lightly browned, but generally fairly bright. Bottom corner missing from D2 in volume two, but not affecting text.

The first volume is the sixth edition, the second volume, published by J. Roberts in 1733, is stated the second edition, but is in fact the third edition (the second was 1730 – See Kaye, page xxxvi).

Mandeville’s best known work, promoting the theory that private vices result in public benefits, influencing both Smith and Keynes (see the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)