Edited by Charles Robert McCann
Notes on Appearance
(1). To the greatest extent possible, quotations are from the earliest editions available of a work. Where the earliest editions were not available, ‘standard editions’ have been used, and the dates given reflect this. For example, the standard edition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, initially published in 1776, is the edition edited by Edwin Cannan in 1937, which follows the text of the fifth edition of 1789. In the case of a non-English work, the year given is that of the edition translated, so that, for example, Léon Walras’ Élements de Économie Pure – Elements of Pure Economics – is dated 1926, while the original French edition appeared in 1871.
(2). There has been no attempt made to correct for misspellings or otherwise to alter passages, except (1) when extraneous material is excised, where no loss of meaning is thought to occur, (2) where a passage is to begin in the middle of a sentence, and (3) when additional material is deemed essential to understanding. In each case, the appropriate marks – ellipses, square brackets – are employed. With respect to modern works, [sic] is inserted to denote a typographical error or misspelling as it appeared in the original work, while for those early works – typically of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but extending as well into the nineteenth – as the spelling had yet to be standardized and so is frequently inconsistent, the text was left as it appears.
(3). All italics are as they appear in the original. Should an entire quotation be presented in italics, this is retained.