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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Slave Trade and eighteenth-century British and European history
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PROPERTY FROM THE LIBRARY AT FETTERCAIRN HOUSE

Slave Trade and eighteenth-century British and European history
COLLECTION OF NINE WORKS IN ONE VOLUME:
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
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English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations

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Slave Trade and eighteenth-century British and European history
COLLECTION OF NINE WORKS IN ONE VOLUME:
Some remarks on a pamphlet, call’d, Reflections, on the constitution and management of the trade to Africa. printed in the year, 1709 [Kress 4557]; and 8 others relating to the Bank of England, Non-conformity, the British Constitution, the Treaty of Utrecht etc.; 8vo, contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, some leaves soiled, binding worn, upper joint partially cracked (1)
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Provenance

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.

Catalogue Note

The listed work is a reply to Charles Davenant’s Reflections upon the constitution and management of the trade to Africa (1709), which had advocated renewing the Royal African Company's monopoly on the slave trade on the basis that the Dutch competition "necessitated the maintenance of forts, which only a joint-stock company could afford."

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations

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