PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE
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.
Boswell's Tour as published, according to Pottle, was "almost literally the actual journal...kept day by day on the journey". Although the majority of the book was therefore written in 1773, it was not published until after Johnson's death. The first edition having sold out within a month, this second edition was seen through the press by Edmund Malone, Boswell himself being back in Scotland by the time of the printing. As well as his editor, Malone became Boswell's closest friend for the later part of his life, and, like Forbes, served as his executor after his death in 1795.
For further details of the friendship between Boswell and Forbes, see lot 45.
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