Moral Guidance, Philosophy, Essays, Autobiographies etc.
SUBSTANTIAL COLLECTION OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WORKS IN 11 VOLUMES:
including works of moral instruction (e.g. Essays addressed to Young Married Women... 1782; Essays...for Young Ladies... 1777), works on Education (including commentaries on Rousseau), Rules for Horsemen, Advice to the officers of the British Army, trials, a History of Knaresborough, letters on reform, works of Aesthetics, works on the Scottish Peerage, autobiographies (e.g. The Life of David Hume, 1777), Poems, Letters (e.g. by David Hume to Adam Smith, second edition, Oxford, 1777, Moral Demonstrations (e.g. of the Truth of the Christian Religion, 1775), Village Memoirs; some Scottish imprints (e.g. Aberdeen), some engraved plates, some works in French (one on David Hume); contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (spines numbered 313, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 323, 325, 327, 331, 332); bindings worn and scuffed (11)
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The Forbes Baronetcy was created in 1626 for Sir William Forbes (d. circa 1650) by James VI in the Barontage of Nova Scotia. The majority of the works offered here were acquired by the sixth Baronet, also William (1739-1806), who added Pitsligo to his title in 1781. He was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, good friend of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson (see lots 45-46), and finally succeeded in recovering the Pitsligo estates forfeited after the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. His son William, the seventh baronet, beat Sir Walter Scott to the hand of the renowned beauty Williamina Belsches Stuart (1776-1810), and it was with their marriage that the family moved to her family seat, Fettercairn House in Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire.
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.