Slave Trade and eighteenth-century British and European history
COLLECTION OF 10 WORKS OR BROADSIDES IN ONE VOLUME:
[Wilberforce, William, compiler.] An Abstract of the evidence delivered before a select committee of the House of Commons in the years 1790, and 1791; on the part of the petitioners for the Abolition of the Slave-Trade. James Phillips, 1791, presentation inscription on title page to Sir William Forbes, TWO FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATES (with illustration and description of a slave ship etc), FOLDING MAP OF AFRICA AT REAR [Sabin 81745]--At a committee of the Society, instituted in 1787, for the purpose of effecting the abolition of the slave trade. , 4pp. dated at head of the drop-head title: London, 28th July, 1789, 3 COPIES ONLY LISTED BY ESTC, folded--Translation of a letter written by the Society of the friends of the negroes, in France, to the different baillages, or districts, entitled to send delegates to the States-General., 4pp., ONE COPY ONLY LISTED BY ESTC (Durham), folded--At a Committee of the Society...for...the Abolition of the Slave Trade. , broadside, FOUR COPIES ONLY LISTED BY ESTC, folded--The Debate on a Motion for the Abolition of the Slave-Trade...April 18 and 19, 1791. W. Woodfall, 1791, presentation copy to Sir William Forbes [Sabin 19094]--A Short Address to the People of Scotland on the subject of the Slave Trade... Edinburgh: J. Robertson, 1792 [Kress 15372; Sabin 80593]--The Speech of Mr. Beaufoy...18th June, 1788...for regulating the conveyance of Negroes from Africa to the West-Indies... for J. Phillips, 1789 [Sabin 4166]--At a Committee of the Society...for...the Abolition of the Slave Trade. , broadside, ONE COPY ONLY LISTED BY ESTC; and two other small pamphlets; 12mo and 8vo, contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (spine numbered 253), some occasional spotting or slight staining, binding slightly worn (1)
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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.