Special Collections overview

The OLL has a number of collections of particular academic and scholarly importance which are available for both purchase from our online catalog and from this website:

  • The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith, 7 vols. - The Glasgow Edition was originally published by Oxford University Press in 1976 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Smith’s best known work The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Since then, Liberty Fund acquired the rights to publish a paperback edition and we are now pleased to have online an electronic version of this great collection by one of the leading figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. [It is with regret that we announce that we are no longer able to host the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith on the OLL website as Oxford University Press will no longer grant us the electronic rights to do so. Over the coming months we plan to replace as much as we can with other editions of his works. The OUP paperback edition can still be purchased from Liberty Fund.]
  • Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics - this collection includes over 40 of the Enlightenment’s most significant works on natural law, moral philosophy, political theory, jurisprudence, and theology. Under the general editorship of Knud Haakonssen, this series comprises works by Hugo Grotius, Samuel Pufendorf, Richard Cumberland, Francis Hutcheson, George Turnbull, Jean Jacques Burlamaqui, Emmerich de Vattel, Jean Louis De Lolme, and many others. Distinguished scholars from all over the world have edited these volumes, providing concise introductions to place the work in context. Each text also has annotations, an index, and, when necessary, supplemental appendixes. As appropriate, the series includes specially commissioned translations of French, German, and Latin texts that have never before been published in English.
  • The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005), 11 vols. - This eleven-volume set was prepared under the auspices of the Royal Economic Society by Piero Sraffa and printed by Cambridge University Press in 1951–1973. It contains all of Ricardo’s published and unpublished writings, and provides great insight into the early era of political economics by chronicling Ricardo’s significant contributions to modern economics. The edition has been widely acclaimed as the best example, prior to the Glasgow edition of Adam Smith’s writings, of scholarly editing applied to the work of an economist. It contains a general index and includes four volumes dedicated to his personal correspondence with such economic luminaries as Malthus, Jean-Baptiste Say, and James Mill, the father of John Stuart Mill.
  • The Intellectual Portrait Series: Conversations with Leading Defenders of Liberty - Conversations with some of the most original thinkers of our generation are now available on videotape from Liberty Fund’s online catalog or in various audio only formats at this website. Liberty Fund taped conversations with two dozen of the most original thinkers about liberty of our times. They included Armen A. Alchian, Manuel Ayau, Jacques Barzun, Raoul Berger, Lord Peter Thomas Bauer, Gary Becker, James M. Buchanan, Ronald Coase, Richard Cornuelle, M. Stanton Evans, Milton Friedman, Ernest van den Haag, Lord Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon, Max Hartwell, John Hospers, Harry Jaffa, Anthony de Jasay, Israel Kirzner, Paul McCracken, Ralph McInerny, Ljubo Sirc, Sir Alan Walters.
  • The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, ed. J.M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1963-1991), 33 vols. - all 33 vols. will be published online at the OLL. Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII, and X will be republished in book form by Liberty Fund.