Pope, Alexander, and others
COLLECTION OF 22 SEVENTEENTH- AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PAMPHLETS, MOSTLY LITERARY, IN ONE VOLUME:
The Last Speech and Confession of Nicol Muschet of Boghal, who was execute in the Grass Market of Edinburgh... Edinburgh: John Reid, [?1721], ONLY UK COPIES RECORDED BY ESTC IN NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND AND GLASGOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, darkened and slightly torn--Mildmay, William, Sir. The Police of France...E. Owen and T. Harrison, 1763; The Laws and Policy of England, relating to Trade...T. Harrison, 1765--S[ettle]., E[lkanah.]. The Triumphs of London performed on Thursday, Octob. 29. 1691. for the entertainment of the...Lord Mayor of the city of London· Containing a true description of the several pageants...All set forth at the proper costs and charges of the worshipful Company of Drapers. Alex. Milbourn for Abel Roper, 1691, [Wing S2725], some slight damp-staining, some tears and browning--Drummond, William. Polemo-middinia... Oxford, 1691 [Wing D2204], in verse, text in English and Latin, with final blank--Porterfield, James. God’s judgements against sin: or, a relation of three dreadful fires happening in the city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: James Watson, 1702, [Foxon P1001, ONLY FOUR COPIES RECORDED BY ESTC]--Milton, John. Paraphrasis Latina, in duo poemata... Two poems... , (the one whereof was penn’d by Milton, and the other by Clieveland...to which is added a Latin paraphrase on both, which was penn’d by W[illiam]. H[ogg.] Printed for the author, 1694, [Wing M2157], simultaneous English and Latin text, leaves soiled--Colluthus, of Lycopolis. The Rape of Helen...for J.Roberts, 1731, verse, title in red and black, engraved frontispiece, [Foxon R118, ESTC RECORDS ONLY THREE COPIES IN THE UK]--An Essay upon modern gallantry. Address’d to men of honour, men of pleasure, and men of sense. With a seasonable admonition to the young ladies of Great Britain. For A. More, 1726, second edition, slightly cropped--[Brown, John.] An Essay on Satire: occasion'd by the Death of Mr. Pope. For R. Dodsley, 1745, [Foxon B502]--Pope, Alexander. The Impertinent: or, a visit to the court. A Satyr. For E. Hill, 1737, third edition [Foxon P901, possibly a piracy]--The City Struggle. A Satire. T. Robins, 1740 [NOT FOUND IN ESTC]--Funidos, Rigdum. Kitty's Stream...A Comic Satire. 1759 [TWO COPIES ONLY IN THE UK RECORDED BY ESTC], partially disbound--Serle, John. A plan of Mr. Pope’s garden... with a plan and perspective view of the grotto... With an account of all the gems, minerals, spars, and ores of which it is composed... for R. Dodsley, 1745, three engraved plates (one folding), verses by several authors, slightly soiled at fore-edge--Arbuthnot, John. Know your self. A Poem. J. Tonson, 1734, [Foxon A290], leaves creased at fore-edge--Garrick, David. The farmer’s return from London. An interlude... Dryden Leach, 1741, engraved frontispiece by Hogarth--[Boswell, James.] The Cub, at New-market. R. and J. Dodsley, 1762, in narrative verse [ESTC RECORDS ONLY 5 COPIES]; a few tiny holes towards end; and eight others, including satires; chiefly 4to, eighteenth-century quarter calf, marbled boards (spine numbered 42), slight tear to binding on spine, slightly worn and rubbed
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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.