PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE
One of the sixth baronet’s acquisitions for his library at Pitsligo were numerous highly important miscellanies and tract volumes, many of which were purchased as a set from Edinburgh bookseller Elphinstone Balfour in October 1786. These were subsequently supplemented by further contemporary tracts and other works from the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century. Most of these miscellanies bear a nineteenth century Forbes family bookplate.
The last work in the volume is an important early treatise on coffee, written by John Ellis to encourage the growth of coffee in the West Indies for home consumption and exportation. There are no auction records since the war for Bishop's East India navigator’s daily assistant; with the new method of computing the longitude.
In Times like these, when COMMERCE weeps,
And ENGLISH CREDIT soundly sleeps;
When candid Merchants, bent to thrive,
Keep FLATTERY and FRAUD alive...
My Muse, descriptive, bends her Way,
The Game of CRICKET, to display,
And place the Laurel, where 'tis due,
Tho' simple PARODIES ensue...
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