comprising one volume of 30 tracts on the Union, [Bannatyne, John] Some queries proposed to consideration, relative to the Union now intended. [Edinburgh, 1706], [ESTC T78248]--[Lords Commissioners for the Union] Articles of Union. [?Edinburgh, 1707], 28pp., [ESTC T93767]--[Lords Commissioners for the Union] Anna Dei gratia... [?Edinburgh, 1706], 164pp., [ESTC T200868]--An essay upon the equivalent. [Edinburgh], 1706, 8pp., [ESTC N31514]--[Black, William] Some considerations in relation to trade. [Edinburgh], 1706, [ESTC T52997]--[Clark, Sir John] A letter to a friend, giving an account of how the Treaty of Union has been received here. Edinburgh, 1606, [ESTC T54163]--[Abercromby, Patrick] The advantages of the act of security. [?Edinburgh], 1706, [ESTC T62791]--[Seton, Sir William] Scotland's great advantages by an union with England. [?Edinburgh], 1706, [ESTC N21259], defective--[Defoe, Daniel] An essay, at removing national prejudices... Part III. [?Edinburgh], 1706, [ESTC T71928]--[Black, William] A reply to the authors of the advantages of Scotland. [?Edinburgh], 1707, [ESTC T17531]--[Webster, James] A second defence of the lawful prejudices. [Edinburgh, 1707], [ESTC T172762]--[Defoe, Daniel] The state of the excise after the Union. [?Edinburgh], 1706, [ESTC T55497]--[Black, William] A short view of our present trade and taxes. [Edinburgh, 1707], [ESTC T83715]--[Humfrey, John] A draught for a national church accommodation. Edinburgh: James Watson, 1709, [ESTC T17534]--Some reasons humbly offered why the English oath of abjuration should not be imposed upon the subjects of North-Britain. [Edinburgh, c. 1706], 8pp., [not found in ESTC]--The petition of the several brewars in and about Edinburgh under subscribing. [Edinburgh, 1725], [T129077]--An answer of a letter from a gentleman in Fife... witchcraft... [Edinburgh], 1705, [ESTC N16460]--[Linning, Thomas] A letter from a friend to Mr John Mackmillan... [Edinburgh, 1709?], [ESTC T160550]--[Ridpath, George] The case of Scots-Men residing in England and in the English Plantations. Edinburgh, 1703, [ESTC N26869], with final blank--A seasonable advice to all lovers of their country. [Edinburgh, 1725], [ESTC T57629]--[Defoe, Daniel] A voice from the south. [Edinburgh, 1707], [ESTC T179240]--The Lord Belhaven's speech in Parliament... 15th day of November 1706. [Edinburgh, 1706], [ESTC T62794]--A letter from Amsterdam. London: G.H. 1678, [ESTC R26840]--A short and plain description of the Royal-Family of Great-Britain. Edinburgh: James Watson, 1704, with final blank, [ESTC T105691]--To his Grace... The humble address of the Synod of Aberdeen. [Aberdeen, c. 1661], [Wing T1362]--Introduction to Mr John Whalley's astrological monthly and general observations... 1709. 8pp.--[Defoe, Daniel] The vision, a poem. [Edinburgh, 1706], [ESTC T66290]--[Pennecuik, Alexander] Groans from the grave. [Edinburgh, 1725], [ESTC T6517 1 copy only, at BL]--Hymn, to the victory in Scotland 10th of June, 1719. [Edinburgh, 1719] [ESTC T189545]--[Denniston, Walter] Ad amplissimos... viros, Societatis Scoticanae ad Afros & Indos negotiantium. [?Edinburgh, 1698], [Wing D1047]; a volume of 4 tracts on military history, Donneau de Visé, Jean. A diary of the siege of Luxembourg by the French king's forces. London: J.G. for D. Brown, 1684, folding engraved plate, [Wing D1878]--Travestin. An account of the imperial proceedings against the Turks: with an exact diary of the siege of Newheusel. London: for Sam. Crouch and John Lawrence, 1685, final advertisement leaf, lacking map [Wing T2067]--An historical description of the glorious conquest of the city of Buda... by ... Leopold I. London: Robert Clavell, 1686, [Wing H2102]--A journal of the Venetian campaigne, A.D. 1687. London: H.C. for R. Taylor, 1688, woodcut arms of James II on title-page, lacking map [Wing J1107]; one volume of 5 works relating to Mary, Queen of Scots; four volumes of 36 tracts mostly on trade, but including Grierson, George Hamilton. A Prophecy ... on the Blazing Star. for the author, 1743-4 [NOT IN ESTC]--The Courtier's Book of Common-Prayer. for T. Davis, [1745?] [ONLY ONE COPY LISTED IN ESTC]--Penkethman, John. Authentic Accounts of the History and Price of Wheat, Bread, Malt, &c. for R. Davis, 1765, engraved frontispiece and folding plate; three volumes with 34 miscellaneous tracts including one volume with Sentiments Relating to the Late Negotiation. R. Griffiths, 1761, half-title, and other tracts relating to the Seven Years' War and international trade, another volume including Account of the Ceremonies Observed in the Coronations of the Kings and Queens of England. for G. Kearsly, 1760, two plates (one folding) and numerous woodcut vignettes--Flora's Address to His Majesty, on an Interesting and popular Subject. M. Thrush,  [NOT IN ESTC] 4to; and one volume with c.43 titles, mostly petitions and addresses to the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh, 1760s; 7 volumes 4to, the remaining volumes 8vo; various 18th century bindings, lettering pieces, some with numbers in gilt on the pines (numbers 19, 32, 35-7, 39-41, 43) (11)
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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.