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Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith, LL.D. From the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Author Stewart, Dugald.
Title Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith, LL.D. From the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Imprint [Edinburgh?] Privately Printed
Date of Publication 1794?
Language English
Notes In his bibliography of David Hume and other Scottish philosphers, T. E. Jessop rightly states that the first printing of Dugald Stewart's famous Account of the Life and Writings of Adam Smith, LL.D was in The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh vol 3/1, pp.55-137. Stewart read his paper to the Society in two separate sessions (21 Jan and 18 March 1793) and soon after it was printed in the Transactions. Shortly thereafter it was re-set and repaginated from the Transactions for a limited private edition, which was most probably printed in Edinburgh. It is this rarity that the Library has acquired. This copy is inscribed 'To Sir Wm Miller Bart. / From the Author'. Sir William Miller (1755-1846) was appointed a Lord of Session and took the title Lord Glenlee in 1795. According to DNB he was 'a very able man, and had a profound knowledge of jurisprudence, mathematics, and literature'. This item is not recorded in ESTC, though there is a copy in the Vanderblue Collection at Harvard.
Shelfmark RB.m.444
Acquired on 09/03/00
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