The Glorious Revolution
COLLECTION OF 17 PAMPHLETS IN ONE VOLUME:
[Ferguson, Robert.] An enquiry into, and detection of the barbarous murther of the late Earl of Essex. Annon 1684 [Wing F737]--Braddon, Laurence. Essex’s innocency and honour vindicated: or, Murther, subornation, perjury, and oppression, justly charg’d on the murtherers of that noble lord and true patriot. For the author, 1690, engraved plate [Wing B4101]--Dellon, Gabriel. The history of the Inquisition, as it is exercised at Goa. Giving an account of the horrid cruelties which are exercised therein...Translated into English. Printed in the year 1688 [Wing D942B], lacking final leaf--[?Defoe, Daniel.] Reflections upon the late great revolution. Written by a lay-hand in the country, for the satisfaction of some neighbours. For R. Chiswell, 1689 [Wing D844; Moore 6]--Whittel, John. An exact diary of the late expedition of His illustrious Highness the Prince of Orange, (now King of Great Britain) from his palace at the Hague, to his landing at Torbay; and from thence to his arrival at White-Hall. For Richard Baldwin, 1689 [Wing W2040A], final leaf laid down, some tears and repairs near the end--Walker, George. A True Account of the Siege of London-Derry. For Robert Clavel and Ralph Simpson, 1689, initial licence leaf [Wing W352]; A Vindication of the True Account of the Siege of Derry in Ireland. For Robert Clavel, 1689 [Wing W354]--A true relation of the horrid conspiracy, against the life of the King. With an exact list of the prisoners committed to the Tower, Newgate, Gate-house and the fleet; upon the account of the plot...sold by E. Whitlock [Wing T2968]; A Continuation of the History of the Plot... sold by E. Whitlock, 1696 [Wing C5965A, NO COPY RECORDED IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY]--A true history of the horrid conspiracy, to assassinate His Sacred Majesty King William, to raise a rebellion, and to procure an invasion from France... for John Salusbury, 1696 [Wing T2703A]--Strutton, Richard. A true relation of the cruelties and barbarities of the French, upon the English prisoners of war. Being a journal of their travels from Dinan in Britany, to Thoulon in Provence: and back again.. for Richard Baldwin, 1690 [Wing S6018]; and 6 others; 4to, early eighteenth-century quarter calf, red morocco label, marbled boards (spine numbered 17), some pamphlets soiled or slightly torn or stained, boards scuffed and worn, binding rubbed with some slight worming (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.