Item Details

Call Number: MS Gen 109
Date of Creation: 1766
Place of Creation: Glasgow, Scotland
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Gen 109-109a
Content: Juris Prudence or Notes from the Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue, and Arms delivered in the University of Glasgow by Adam Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy. MDCCLXVI [1766].
Manuscript fair copy of notes taken by an unidentified student in 1763.
Documents relating to the history of this manuscript now mounted at front of volume.
With separate loose note by binder, E. Riley, June 1969.
Originally accessioned as MS7-1930 shelved at MS1-b.2.
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound vol. 367 p. 24 cm. Gold-tooled brown morocco binding and matching slipcase by E. Riley, June 1969.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Lecture
Notes: This manuscript has been displayed on the following occasions: Adam Smith Bicentenary Exhibition, University of Glasgow, 1923; 'Scottish Thought and Letters in the Eighteenth Century', Glasgow University Library, 1976, no. 64.
Originally the volume bore the remains of a bookplate and an inscription, 'J.A. Maconochie 1811', inside the front cover; these have unfortunately been removed by the binder. The bookplate was identified by J. Henderson Smith as that of Alexander Murray, afterwards Lord Henderland (Bonar pp. 211-214). The signature is that of James Allan Maconochie. The manuscript was removed from Meadowbank House in 1876 by Charles C. Maconochie. It was in the possession of Charles C. Maconochie in 1896 when Edwin Cannan edited it. In 1930 it was presented, with Maconochie's copy of the published edition, to Glasgow University Library by Mr G.W. Macfarlane, who bought it, via Maggs Brothers, at Sotheby's sale on 17 February 1930 for £40.
For a description of the original calf binding see published edition, pp xv-xvi.
Conservation: Conservation work undertaken in 2017 with funding assistance from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust.
Bibliography: W.R. Scott, 'The early history of the MS. of Adam Smith's lectures on justice, police, revenue and arms' in James Bonar, A catalogue of the library of Adam Smith (2nd ed., London, 1932), pp 211-214; Adam Smith, Lectures on justice, police, revenue and arms delivered in the University of Glasgow by Adam Smith, reported by a student in 1763, and edited, with an introduction and notes, by Edwin Cannan (Oxford: 1896).
Accession Number: 1561
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Adam Smith 1723-1790
Eminent Scottish philosopher and political economist.
binder: E. Riley fl.1969
Book binder.
exhibition: Adam Smith Bicentenary Exhibtion
University of Glasgow, 1923.
exhibition: Scottish Thought and Letters in the Eighteenth Century
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 24 March-31 May 1976.
provenance: Charles C. Maconochie fl.1895
Advocate, Edinburgh.
provenance: James Allan Maconochie d. 1845
provenance: Alexander Murray Lord Henderland 1736-1795
Advocate, Edinburgh, 1765-1783.
subject: University of Glasgow
Founded 7 January 1451 by bull of Pope Nicholas V.
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