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The Diffusion of the Work of Adam Smith in the French Language: An Outline History

Ken Carpenter’s recent publications on the translation of An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations into the French language during the period 1776 to 1843 have shed a great deal of light on Adam Smith’s translation history.1 If we add to this record what we know of Theory of Moral Sentiments, we can summarise the various translations into French as in Table I, supplemented by the listing given in Table II of other writings by Smith.2