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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Franklin, Benjamin
EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS ON ELECTRICITY, MADE AT PHILADELPHIA IN AMERICA. PRINTED FOR DAVID HENRY AND SOLD BY FRANCIS NEWBERY, 1769
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LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Franklin, Benjamin
EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS ON ELECTRICITY, MADE AT PHILADELPHIA IN AMERICA. PRINTED FOR DAVID HENRY AND SOLD BY FRANCIS NEWBERY, 1769
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
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Franklin, Benjamin
EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS ON ELECTRICITY, MADE AT PHILADELPHIA IN AMERICA. PRINTED FOR DAVID HENRY AND SOLD BY FRANCIS NEWBERY, 1769
4to, fourth edition, half-title, 7 engraved plates (2 folding and 5 full page), woodcut illustrations, pp.111-112, pp.416-417 and pp.465-472 duplicated in the pagination as issued, 16pp. index at end, contemporary calf, spine in compartments with red spine label, boards slightly rubbed with one significant scuff to lower board, slight tear to inner edge of one folding plate
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Provenance

Sir William Forbes (1739-1806), sixth baronet, ownership signature on title and bookplate dated 1760

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.

Literature

ESTC T101040; Ford 307; Gartrell 175; Howes F320; see Norman 830; see PMM 199; Sabin 25506; Wellcome III p.62

Catalogue Note

FIRST COLLECTED EDITION of "the most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America" (PMM). 

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