French Revolution, French Revolutionary Wars and America
COLLECTION OF 44 WORKS IN FIVE VOLUMES:
Remarks on the Internal Situation of France... Edinburgh: for J. and J. Fairburn, 1794, no copy of this edition recorded in Europe by ESTC--Young, Arthur. The Example of France. A Warning to Britain. For W. Richardson, 1794, fourth edition; An Idea of the Present State of France...second edition...For W. Richardson, 1795--Wraxall, N. William. The Correspondence between a traveller and a Minister of State... For J Debrett, n.d.  [Kress 16549]--An Appeal to impartial Posterity by Citizenness Roland... translated from the French... For J. Johnson, 1795--De Latocnaye. Les Causes de la Revolution de France... Edinburgh: J. Mundell, 1797--Le Mesurier, Havilland. Thoughts on a French Invasion, with reference to the probability of its success, and the proper means of resisting it. Edinburgh, 1798--Harper, Robert Goodloe. Observations on the Dispute between the United States and France...fourth edition... Philadelphia printed: London: reprinted the Philanthropic Reform, 1798; and 36 others, in English and French, some Edinburgh imprints; some with ownership signatures of Sir William Forbes and others; 4to and 8vo, contemporary or near contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (spines numbered 257, 260, 263, 264, 265), some staining, cropping and spotting, bindings with some wear at extremities, occasionally badly bumped, scuffed or stained (5)
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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.