English Civil War
COLLECTION OF APPROXIMATELY 76 WORKS, MANY RELATING TO SCOTLAND AND THE IRISH REBELLION, IN THREE VOLUMES:
An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for raising of fourscore thousand pounds...for the present relief of the British Army in Ireland...for Edward Husbands, October 23, 1644 [Wing E1913]--An Act of State made by the Lords Justice and Councell of Ireland...for the discovery and prevention of the horrible Conspiracy and Plot of the Papists...Dublin: William Bladen ...and now re-printed at London by Edward Husbands, Novemb. 23, 1643 [Wing I323]--An Ordinance or Declaration...for the encouragement of Adventurers to make new subscriptions for Townes, Cities, and Lands in Ireland...John Wright, 1643 [Wing E2114]--The Humble Petition of the Scottish, and many others the Inhabitants of the Province of Ulster...to the..Moderator, and remnant Members of the Generall Assembly of Scotland convened at S. Andrews in July.1642. John Bartlett, 1642 [Wing H3578]--Mervyn, Sir Audeley. An Exact Relation of all Such occurences as have happened in the severall Countries of Donegall, London-Derry, Tyrone, & Fermanagh...since the beginning of this horrid, bloody, and unparaleld Rebellion there... For Thomas Downes and William Bladen, 1642 [Wing M1880A ]--A True Reltion of all the Proceedings in Ireland...for Joseph Hunsctott, 1642 [W1640]--Jones, Henry. A Remonstrance of Divers Remarkable Passages concerning the Church and Kingdome of Ireland... for Godfrey Emerson and William Bladen, 1642 [Wing J943]--Harcourt, Daniel. A New Remonstrance from Ireland, containing an exact declaration of the cruelties, insolencies, outrages, and murders exercised by the bloodthirsty, Popish rebels in that Kingdome upon many hundred Protestants in the Province of Ulster...for Henry Shephard,  [Wing H692]--The Declaration of the Knights, Gentry, and Trained Bands of the Couuty [sic] of Kent...to march against the Kings Army...and to rescue His Majesty out of the Cavaleers hands...J. Banks, 1642 [Wing D698, ONLY FOUR COPIES RECORDED IN THE UK BY ESTC]--Scotlands Alarme...Edinburgh, re-printed at London for Robert Bostock, 1643 [Wing S2015]--The Discovery of a late and bloody conspiracie at Edenburg, in Scotland...for John Thomas, 1641 [Wing D1637]; and other pamphlets in this volume, relating to the Covenanters, the trial of Lord Strafford, the Battle at Newbury, etc., and approximately 65 others, similar, some from the earlier period just before the Civil War (concerning Ship Money etc, at least one Cambridge imprint); 4to, some with contemporary signatures or annotations, late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century half calf, marbled boards (spines numbered 5, 9, 10), some works cropped, stained or torn, bindings very worn (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.