COLLECTION OF WORKS IN THREE VOLUMES:
The Beauties of Stow...with above thirty plates...by Geo: Bickham. --An Historical Description of Westminster-Abbey. J. Newberry, 1767--A Description of...Melrose. Edinburgh: Alex McCaslan for John Martin, 1769--A Pocket Companion to Oxford... for Daniel Prince, John Rivington and R. Baldwin, 1764, new edition--Hamilton, Sir William. Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and other Volcanos. T. Cadell, 1773, plates, second edition--Douglas, Francis. A General Description of the East Coast of Scotland... Paisley, for the author, 1782; and other works, on cement, India (Fragments relating to the Late Revolutions...translated from the French of M. de Voltaire, 1774), the Society at Amsterdam for the recovery of Drowned Persons (by Alexander Johnson, 1773), one work by Joseph Priestley; 8vo or 12mo; contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (spines numbered 225, 311, 330), bindings somewhat worn (3)
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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.