Alchemy, science, Ice-age theory, the American Colonies, and poetry
COLLECTION OF NINETEEN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY WORKS IN ONE VOLUME:
Hide, Ralph. A Short Discourse...for the advancement...of Woollen Manufactures...1660 [not found in Wing or ESTC]--Reasons for establishing the Colony of Georgia...W. Meadows, 1733, engraved frontispiece, map--Middleton, Conyers. A Dissertation concerning the origin of Printing in England...Cambridge: W. Thurlbourn, 1735--Boyle, Robert. An Historical Account of a degradation of Gold, made by an anti-elixir: a strange chymical narrative...the second edition. R. Montagu, 1739 [Fulton 137, RARE, only four copies recorded]--A Poem to the Memory of Mr. Hugh Murray-Kynnynmound...Edinburgh: T.W. and T. Ruddimans, 1742--Martel, Peter. An Account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy, in Two Letters, One from an English Gentleman to his Friend at Geneva; the Other from Peter Martel, Engineer, to the said English Gentleman... for Peter Martel, 1744, two folding engraved plates; and 13 others, including Memoirs of William Pulteney, various editions of Dr Bentley's Proposals, Accounts of the Roman Senate, further poetical pamphlets (some printed in Edinburgh), the treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1749); 4to, late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century quarter calf, marbled boards (spine numbered 33), some staining to some works, upper joint cracked, binding worn (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.