English Civil War and Restoration
COLLECTION OF 31 WORKS IN TWO VOLUMES:
The Bill of Attainder, that passed against Thomas Earle of Strafford, for J.A. 1641 [Wing E2533]--Laud, William. A True copy of certain passages of the Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury his speech spoken on the scaffold on Tower-Hill immediately before his death Jan. 10 1644 [Wing L602]--[Waring, Robert.] A Publike Conference betwixt the Six Presbyterian Ministers, and some independent Commander: held at Oxford, on Thursday Novemb. 12. 1646. Printed in the Yeare, 1646, a satire [Madan, II, 1906; Wing W868]--Good English: Or, certain reasons pointing out the safest way of Settlement in this Kingdom... Printed in the year 1648 [Wing G1043]--Nedham, Marchamont. The Case of the Common-wealth of England Stated...For E. Blackmore, and R. Lowndes,  [Wing N376]--Ward, Seth. Vindiciæ academiarum containing, some briefe animadversions upon Mr Websters book, stiled, The examination of academies. Together with an appendix concerning what M. Hobbs, and M. Dell have published on this argument. Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1654 [Madan, III, 2251; Wing W832]--Your servant gentlemen, or VVhat think you of a query or two more?. Printed in the year 1659 [Wing Y202]--The Charge of High Treason, murders, oppressions, and other crimes...against the Marquess of Argyle... For Richard Lowndes, 1661 [Wing C2056]--Evelyn, John. Fumifugium: or The Inconveniencie of the Aer and Smoak of London dissipated...W. Godbid for Gabriel Bedel and Thomas Collins, 1661 [Keynes 23; Wing E3488]--A True and Faithful Account of the Several Informations Exhibited to the Honourable Committee appointed by the Parliament to Enquire into the Late Dreadful Burning of the City of London...printed in the year 1667 [Wing T2470]--[Ferguson, Robert.] The East-India Trade a most profitable trade to the kingdom...printed in the year 1677, manuscript notes inserted [Wing F736A]--Speeches and passages of this great and happy Parliament: from the third of November, 1640, to this instant June, 1641. For William Cooke, 1641 [Wing E2309], lacking final leaf, some contemporary annotations; and 19 others, including other works on the East India trade, The Privileges and Practice of Parliaments in England (1680, with engraved frontispiece), trials; small 4to, second volume with early ownership signature on upper paste-down of Sir William Forbes, contemporary calf (spines numbered 1 and 2), spine defective on one volume, bindings scuffed and very rubbed, some leaves torn, browned or stained, occasionally cropped (2)
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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.