Ten pamphlets on Whigs, dissenters, and Anglo-Scottish issues.

  • (Pamphlets)
  • Edinburgh & London: [various imprints] 1713


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10 pamphlets, 8vo. Bound together in contemporary sprinkled calf, ruled in blind, morocco label to spine (reading ‘Pamphlets Vol. IX’), manuscript table of contents to front endpapers. Paper of variable quality with some browning and spotting, a few leaves with top edge trimmed close occasionally cropping page number. Binding a little rubbed at extremities, slightly marked, a touch of insect damage to boards. Early inscription to title-page of first work.


A contemporary pamphlet collection containing several rare Edinburgh printings, the subjects including Whigs, dissenters, royal prerogative, and the Hanoverian succession. Most are anonymous but among them are works by Richard Steele and Daniel Defoe, and the publisher John Morphew is a recurring figure.
The full contents are:
1. [Robertson, William.] The liberty, property, and religion of the Whigs. In a letter to a Whig. Occasion'd by some discourse upon the Reverend Dr. Sacheverell's sermons on Palm-Sunday, and 29th of May 1713. Edinburgh: Printed by Mr Robert Freebairn, 1713. 8vo, pp. 24. ESTC T167979, NLS, Union Theological, & Yale only. Reprinting a London work of the same year.
2. A.B. The mystery of phanaticism. Or, the artifices of dissenters to support their schism. Together with the evil and danger of them. Set forth in several letters to a friend. [Edinburgh?]: Printed in the year 1712. 8vo, pp. [ii], iv, [ii], 64. ESTC T170766, Edinburgh (x2), Glasgow (x2), NLS (x3), Folger, Huntington, Harry Ransom. First published 1698, this is the third edition.
3. Some Whig-principles demonstrated to be good sense and sound divinity, from their natural consequences. Edinburgh: London: Printed for Samuel Keble, and sold by John Morphew near Stationers-hall. Re-printed at Edinburgh, 1713. 8vo, pp. 24. ESTC T155646, Glasgow, NLS, Princeton, Harry Ransom (x2) only. London edition of the same year.
4. The causes of the decay of Presbytery in Scotland. In answer to a letter from a clergy-man of that perswasion. Edinburgh: Printed in the year 1713. 8vo, pp. [ii], 46. ESTC T84150, Advocates, BL, Dr Williams, Edinburgh (x2), Folger, Michigan, UPenn, and Harry Ransom. The London edition (pub. Morphew) is also scarce.
5. James, Prince of Wales. Memoirs of the Chevalier de St. George: with some private passages of the life of the late King James II. never before publish'd. London: Printed in the year 1712. 8vo, pp. [ii], 78. ESTC T39134. The variant with the final page numbered correctly, and pp. 27-34 misnumbered.
6. The right of monarchy asserted; wherein the abstract of Dr. King's book, with the motives for the reviving it at this juncture are fully considered. London: Printed, and sold by John Morphew, 1713. 8vo, pp. [xvi], 96. ESTC T45050. Sole edition.
7. Defoe, Daniel. A Letter to the Dissenters. London: Printed for John Morphew, 1713. 8vo, pp. 48. ESTC T65936, Moore 269. First edition.
8. Merke, Thomas. The late Bishop of Carlisle's speech against the deposition of kings; and in Vindication of Hereditary Right, and the Lineal Succession to the Crown of these Realms. London: Printed for John Morphew, 1714. 8vo, pp. 23, [1]. ESTC T37588. Sole edition.
9. Steele, Richard. The crisis: or, a discourse representing, from the most authentick records, the just causes of the late happy revolution: and the several settlements of the crowns of England and Scotland on Her Majesty; ... With some seasonable remarks on the danger of a popish successor. Edinburgh: Re-printed in the year, 1714. 8vo, pp. 58 (misnumbered '8'), [2, ads]. ESTC N2702.
10. B.R. Remarks on Mr. Steele's Crisis, &c. By one of the clergy. In a letter to the author. The second edition. Edinburgh: Printed by Mr. Robert Freebairn, 1714. 8vo, pp. 22. ESTC N23126, Oxford (Merton), Huntington, McGill, UNC, and Toronto only.

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