English Civil War
COLLECTION OF 28 SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY PAMPHLETS FROM THE PERIOD OF THE CIVIL WAR IN ONE VOLUME:
[Palmer, Herbert.] Scripture and Reason pleaded for Defensive Armes: or the whole controversie about subjects taking up armes...John Bellamy and Ralph Smith, 1643 [Wing P244]--Some Speciall Arguments which warranted the Scottish subjects lawfully to take up armes in defence of their religion and liberty...  [Wing S4619], with contemporary annotations--Prynne, William. Romes Masterpiece: or, the grand conspiracy of the Pope... for Michael Sparke, senior, 1644, second edition [Wing P4056]--Fern, H. The Resolving of Conscience...printed at Cambridge, and reprinted at London, 1642 [Wing F803]--Gregory XV, Pope. Behold! Two letters, the one, written by the Pope to the (then) Prince of Wales, now King of England: the other, an answere to the said letter, by the said Prince, now His Majesty of England... printed in the yeare of Discoveries 1642, engraved title page, text in double columns in English and French [Wing G1880]; and 23 others, including further works on the Divine Right of Kings, and works by or attributed to Prynne (The Popish Royall Favourite, 1643; The Aphorismes of the Kingdome, 1642); 4to, some with contemporary annotations or titles crossed through, seventeenth-century calf (numbered 7 on the spine), some browning and staining, spine partially defective (1)
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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.