Harrison, John and others
- Collection of 36 pamphlets in one volume:
Memorial and Case of Amelia and Mary Frasers... [n.p., n.d.], 28pp. [NOT FOUND IN ESTC]--Memorial for the Established School-masters in Scotland, containing, modest proposals... London: 1751, 8pp [NOT FOUND IN ESTC]--The provisions made by the treaties of Utrecht, for separating Spain for ever from France, and for preventing France from enjoying any separate exclusive commerce with the Spanish dominions in America... S. Baker, 1762 [Sabin 66396; ONLY THE BRITISH LIBRARY COPY IN THE UK according to ESTC]--[Heath, Benjamin.] The case of the county of Devon, With Respect to the Consequences of the New Excise Duty on Cyder and Perry. For W. Johnston, 1763--Some plain reasons for a repeal of the late cyder-act. Dedicated to every man who pays taxes... J. Whiston and B. White, 1763 [NO COPIES LISTED BY ESTC IN THE UK, TWO COPIES ONLY IN AMERICA]--Treaty of Paris. A full, Clear, and Succinct Discussion of the Preliminary Articles of peace... For S. Williams, --Scotland. Eleutheria: one of a series of letters to a Nobleman...for W. Nicoll, 1763 [NOT FOUND IN ESTC]-- An epistle to His Excellency the Duke d’Nivernois. In which a new light is cast upon some transactions of the highest importance ... To which is added, an humble address to the greatest assembly in England. For J. Wilson and J. Fell, 1762 [NO COPY LISTED BY ESTC IN THE UK, TWO COPIES IN AMERICA]--[Egmont, John Perceval, Earl of.] A proposal for selling part of the forest lands and chaces, and disposing of the produce towards the discharge of that part of the national debt, due to the Bank of England; and for the establishment of a national bank... For T. Payne, 1763; and 26 others, relating to eighteenth-century British and European History and Science including Scotland, the Treaty of Utrecht, the Treaty of Paris, trade, excise duties, the National Debt, and duels; all 4to, eighteenth-century quarter calf, marbled boards (spine numbered 38), occasional soiling or dampstaining or spotting, binding slightly worn and rubbed
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.
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The first trial of Harrison's fourth chronometer (H4) took place on H.M.S. Deptford in 1761 and 1762. "Harrison's chronometer not only supplied navigators with a perfect instrument for observing the true geographical position at any moment during their voyage, but also laid the foundation for the compilation of exact charts of the deep seas and the coastal waters of me world..." (PMM). The instrument made to Harrison's design received its most thorough trial on Captain Cook's first voyage in 1768. He refers a number of times in his journal to 'Mr Harrison's watch', which proved highly accurate both for navigation and for coastal charting.