English Civil War
COLLECTION OF APPROXIMATELY 47 WORKS, CHIEFLY PRINTED IN 1641 AND 1642, IN ONE VOLUME:
The Propositions of the Lords and Commons,,,for a safe and well grounded peace. Sent to his Majestie at Newcastle, by the ...Earle of Pembroke and Montgomery, for John Wright, 17 July 1646, [Wing E2209]--Prynne, William. A legall vindication of the liberties of England, against illegall taxes and pretended Acts of Parliament lately enforced on the people... for Robert Hodges, 1649 [Wing P3996A]--A Remonstrance from Ireland, to the High Court in England...first printed at Dublin, and now reprinted at London, 1641, [Wing R982]--Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant. The Last Articles of Peace...agreed upon the 30. day of July, 1646...Dublin: William Bladen...now reprinted at London for Edw. Husbands, 1646, [Wing L475 and? O446]--Three letters intercepted by Sir Tho: Fairfax in Cornvval. The first, from the E: of Glamorgan to His Majesty; the second, from the Lord George Digby to his lady, the third, to his servant Walsingham; concerning their proceedings in Ireland...for Edward Husbands, March 26. 1646, [Wing W3534]--Bristol, John Digby, Earl of. Two speeches spoken at the councell-table at Oxford. The one, by the Right Honourable John Earle of Bristoll, in favour of the continuation of the present warre. The other, by the Right Honourable Edward Earle of Dorset, for a speedy accomodation betwixt His Majestie, and his high court of Parliament. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield and now reprinted at London for John Hanson, 1642, [Wing B4798; Madan II, 1136]--Eight speeches spoken in Guild-Hall, upon Thursday night, Octob. 27. 1642. Printed in the same order they were spoken, one after the other, by the Lo: VVharton, Mr Strode, the Earl of Pembroke, the Earl of Holland... Peter Cole, 1642, [Wing E262]--Manchester, Edward Montagu, Earl of. The right honourable the Lord Kimbolton his speech in Parliament, Ian. 3. 1641. Concerning the articles of high treason exhibited against him, Mr. Pym, Mr. Hambden, Mr. Hollis, Sir Arthur Haslerigge knight, and Mr. Strowde... For John Thomas, 1641, [Wing M395]--and approximately 39 others, including further tracts by Prynne, speeches by Digby, Nathanel Fiennes, Denzell Holles, John Pym (against Laud), Sir Thomas Roe and others; declarations by Sir Edward Dering, Colonel Goring, further speeches at the Guildhall (numerous), Oxford, etc; 4to; eighteenth-century half calf, marbled boards (spine numbered 4), some contemporary ownership signatures, binding very worn, some pamphlets cropped
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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.