Sixteen Pamphlets on Politics, Chiefly Scottish.

  • (Pamphlets)
  • Edinburgh & London: [Various imprints] 1715


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16 pamphlets, 8vo (one 12mo). Bound together in contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, later label to spine (reading ‘Tracts 18’). Mostly trimmed close at top edge, sometimes cropping running head or page number; intermittent soiling and some tears, one pamphlet (no. 7) with title-page and penultimate leaf torn with significant loss to the latter. Binding rubbed and somewhat worn. Bookplates of Francis le Buchanan and Eunice G. Murray to front endpapers, manuscript table of contents to initial blank, several annotations in the same hand (including identification of most ‘censored’ names).


A contemporary collection of mostly rare pamphlets, largely to do with Scottish politics and the aftermath of the Union. About half were explicitly published in Edinburgh, while most of the rest feature the kind of anonymous imprints (i.e. 'London: Printed in the year…') that mean they could easily be Scottish piracies. The full contents are:
1. Erskine, John. A letter from the Earl of Mar to the King, before his Majesty's Arrival in England. With some remarks on my Lord's subsequent conduct. By Sir Richard Steele. Edinburgh: Re-printed in the year 1715. 8vo, pp. 24. ESTC T195419 (with date given as 1785 in error).
2. [Hutcheson, Archibald]. A speech made in the Houes of Commons, on Tuesday the 24th of April, 1716. At the second reading of the Bill for enlarging the time for continuance of Parliaments. [Edinburgh?]: According to the London copy, printed for J. Baker and T. Warner... and sold at the printing-house, opposite to the Trone Church, Edinburgh, 1716. 12mo, pp. 20. ESTC T145889. This copy with the half-title, not included in ESTC pagination (two copies only, Aberdeen & BL).
3. 'Philopoliteius'. A letter to the right honourable the E- of -, concerning the Oath of Abjuration, as it relates to the Church of Scotland. [London?]: Printed in the year 1716. 8vo, pp. 16. ESTC N19557 (Edinburgh, Liverpool, Congregational Library, Folger, Kansas).
4. Steele, Richard. A letter to the Earl of O---d, concerning a bill of Peerage. London: Printed for J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, 1719. 8vo, pp. 24. ESTC T64468. The dashes on the title-page identified in early hand.
5. (Perth) An abstract of an account, of the proceedings at Perth. With the debates in the Secreet Council there, with the reasons and causes of the sudden finishing and breaking up of the rebellion. London printed, and Edinburgh reprinted, by Margaret Reid, and are to be sold at her house, [1716]. 8vo, pp. 24. ESTC T152993 (Aberdeen, Inverness Public, and NLS only). Sometimes attributed to Daniel Defoe, sometimes to John Sinclair.
6. (Jacobites) A true and impartial account of the conduct of the well-affected in the north, During the late rebellion. In a letter from a Gentleman in Murray, to his Correspondent at Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Printed for James Forrest, 1716. 8vo, pp. 37, [1]. ESTC T176566 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, NLS x3, Indiana).
7. Gordon, Thomas. The conspirators: or, the Case of Catiline, as collected from the best historians... the second edition. London: printed for J. Roberts, 1721. 8vo, pp. [ii], viii, 61, [3]. ESTC T99353; Goldsmiths' 6075. Following the title-page in this copy, a leaf identifying the Roman names as contemporary figures (apparently at the end of some copies, though lacking from the BL example), albeit censored with dashes - these filled in here in manuscript.
8. (Armies) An appeal to the people. Consent not with a multitude to do evil [drop-head title]. [London?, 1720?]. 8vo, pp. 28. ESTC T108497 (BL, NLS, Oxford, Folger, UCLA).
9. Fenelon, Francois. The Fundamental Maxims of Civil Government. According to the Principles of the late Arch-Bishop of Cambrary. Done from the French. Edinburgh: Printed for Mr. William Monro, 1722. SOLE EDITION, 8vo, pp. 64. ESTC N31637 (Aberdeen, BL, NLS, Oxford, Huntington, Newberry).
10. Monro, Alexander. A Short Account of the Reformation, in which, From History, and the Records of Parliament, it is plainly proven, that episcopacy was the first legaly [sic] established church government in Scotland. Edinburgh: Printed for John Ramsay, 1719. SOLE EDITION, 8vo, pp. 23, [1]. A few characters rubbed from author's name on title-page. ESTC T175923 (Advocates, NLS, Edinburgh x3).
11. [Earbery, Matthias]. An Historical Account of the Advantages that have Accru'd to England, by the Succession in the Illustrious House of Hanover. London: Printed in the year, 1722. 8vo, pp. 32. Top edge cropped, sometimes touching first line of text; early manuscript note to title-page verso concerning a reward issued for the apprehension of the publisher of this tract. ESTC N12082.
12. [Earbery, Matthias]. The Second Part of the Advantages that have Accrued to England... London: Printed in the year 1721 [i.e. 1722?]. 8vo, pp. 38. ESTC T172369 (mostly Scottish holdings).
13. Wogan, Charles. Female fortitude, Exemplify'd, in an impartial narrative, of the Seizure, Escape and Marriage, Of the Princess Clementina Sobiesky. London: Printed in the year 1722. 8vo, pp. v, [i], 18, 17-40 (misnumbered 23). ESTC T191083 (BL, Edinburgh, NLS, St Andrews, Private Collections x2).
14. (South Sea Bubble.) The Sense of the People Concerning the Present State of Affars [sic]. With Remarks upon some Passages of our Own and the Roman History. In a Letter to a Member of Paliament [sic]. London: Printed for J. Peele, [1721?]. 8vo, pp. 52. ESTC N36294 ('perhaps a pirated edition').
15. (James I). Memoirs Relating to the Restoration of King James I of Scotland. London: Printed for W. Jones, 1716. 8vo, pp. 25, [1]. ESTC T172024 (Advocates, NLS x3, Trinity St David, UCLA).
16. (Old Pretender). The Memorial of the Chevalr. de St. George, on occasion of the Princess Sobieski's retiring into a nunnery; and two original letters, written by the chevalier to the said princess, to dissuade her from that design. London: Printed, and Reprinted at Edinburgh, 1726. 8vo, pp. viii, 16. ESTC N4097.

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