United Irish Rebellion of 1798, India, trade, Scotland
COLLECTION OF APPROXIMATELY 55 PAMPHLETS IN SEVEN VOLUMES:
Scott, Jonathan. A translation of the Memoirs of Eradut Khan, a nobleman of Hindostan... For John Stockdale, 1786--[Nandakumara, Mahārāja.] The Trial of Maha Rajah Nundocomar...for Forgery. T. Cadell, 1776--[Barron, William.] History of the Political Connetion between England and Ireland from the reign of Herny II. to the Present Time. T. Cadell, 1780--Molyneux, William. The Case of Ireland... For J Almon and M. Hingeston, 1770--[Sheridan, Charles Francis.] A Review of the Three Great National Questions relative to A Declaration of Right, Poynings' Law, and the Mutiny Bill. J. Dodsley, 1781--[MacNally, Leonard.] The Claims of Ireland... for J. Johnson, 1782 [ESTC RECORDS ONLY BL AND TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY COPIES IN THE UK AND IRELAND]--The Report from the Secret Committee of the House of Commons... Dublin: James King and A.B. King, 1798, with folding table, engraved facsimile of manuscript letter addressed to "Irishmen" interleaved after table [Kress 17459]--[Tittler, Colonel.] Ireland profiting by example; or, the question whether Scotland has gained, or lost, by an union with England... Dublin, for J. Milliken, 1799--An Abstract of the number of Protestant and Popish Families in the ... provinces and counties of Ireland...Dublin: W. Sleater, 1786; and approximately 46 others, including several relating to the rebellion of 1798 (including further reports of the Committee of Secrecy), speeches in the House of Commons of Ireland, arguments for and against a union between Britain and Ireland, poetical works, some Dublin and Scottish imprints, together with a volume including tracts on the Irish land forfeitures of the late seventeenth century; some with Sir William Forbes's ownership signature; 4to and 8vo, chiefly eighteenth-century quarter calf, marbled boards, red morocco labels (spines numbered 57, 201, 234, 267, 268, 275, 293), a few tracts damages, some bindings worn (7)
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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.