Scottish Public Affairs, mostly early 18th century
COLLECTION OF C.270 WORKS INCLUDING PERIODICALS AND BROADSIDES IN THREE VOLUMES:
[Queen Anne]. Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Letter to the Parliament of Scotland. Edinburgh: Anderson, 1706--Colvil, Samuel. …Prophecy anent the Union… [London: no publisher], 1707--Minuts of the Proceedings in Parliament… 3 October 1706 [through to] 25 March 1707. Edinburgh: Anderson, 1706-1707, 89 sequential numbers, INCLUDING THE RESULTS OF THE VOTE OF 16 JANUARY 1707 APPROVING THE RATIFYING OF THE TREATY OF UNION--[Anon.] Elegy on the much to be Lamented Death of the Right Honourable John Earl of Stairs. [Edinburgh, 1707]--[Hamilton, John] An Equivalent for Defoe. [Edinburgh, 1706]--Fitzgerald, David. A Narrative of the Irish Popish Plot… Tho. Cockerill, 1680--...Adventurers in the Joynt-Stock of the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies. Edinburgh: Anderson, 1696--Edinburgh Courant, 52 issues (ranging from issue 1 – 703)--Scots Courant, 24 issues (ranging from issue 710 – 826)--Edinburgh Gazette, 16 issues (ranging from issue 50 – 157)--The Tatler, 3 issues (ranging from issue 63 - 111)--The Scots Post-Man, 40 issues (ranging from issue 10 – 137)--Burnet, D. Elegy on the much Lamented Death of… George of Denmark. Edinburgh: Watson, 1708; and others, many relating to the Act of Union; 4to, contemporary or near-contemporary calf or calf-backed marbled boards (spines numbered 1, 2, 3), some tears and occasional loss, some wear to bindings (3)
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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.