(London: Walter Scott, 1887). 210 x 140 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 1/2"). 161, x, [4] pp. From the "Great Writers Series."

Attractive 20th century brown morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, compartments with heart motif and gilt titling, partially unopened. Front pastedown with bookplate of Andrew Carnegie. A hint of sunning to the spine and a breath of wear to extremities, otherwise a fine copy, bright and clean inside and out.

Economist and philosopher Adam Smith (1723-90) was one of the seminal thinkers of the Scottish enlightenment and, indeed, the entire 18th century. His magnum opus, "Wealth of Nations," has had a lasting effect on our concept of the free market and political economy. This finely bound copy of his biography comes with an illustrious provenance.