12mo, pp. , 378, with an engraved frontispiece; title-page printed and red and black; Greek text in two columns throughout; interleaved with blanks and consequently bound in three volumes, in contemporary reversed calf, tooled in blind, morocco labels; spines worn and dry, bookblock of the first volume split; internally a fine copy, extensively annotated in two(?) contemporary hands in English, Latin and Greek on the blanks in the first and second olumes, ownership signature of David Williams.
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Της Καινης Διαθηκης Απαντα. Novum Testamentum.
Interleaved and heavily annotated copy of the third Tonson & Watts edition of the Greek New Testament, the text as edited by Michael Maittaire (first published 1714). Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this edition, sold to the Library of Congress in 1815.
This copy, bound with interleaved blanks for notes, has been heavily annotated in Matthew and Mark, the beginning of John, and Romans, with original biblical commentary both linguistic and theological, e.g. for the former (on John XX.17): ‘αναβεβηκα. The aorist is often put for the present tense, as also the preterperfect. The sense is here I do not yet ascend, so that you may after have opportunities of conversing &c with me’; and for the latter (on John I.17): ‘The Law was given by Moses, who was Gods Minister, by whom the Law wch reveal wrath was given to the Jews, but Grace & Truth by Jes. Christ. Grace in opposition to the Condemnatory Curse & Sentence of the Law, the Letter killeth but the Spirit giveth Life. Grace of pardon and Reconciliation & grace for the Remission of Sin. Truth in opposition to the Types, Shadows & Ceremonies of the Legal Administration’. Unusually, some of the interpolations are written as if from Christ’s perspective: ‘my young disciples taken not from the Schools or Academies, as perhaps those of John or the Pharisees might be, but from their fishing trades & suchlike must not presently be put to such severe tasks for which they are not yet strong enough, least they should be discouraged & fall from me.’ Some, like this las, are signed ‘W’, presumably Williams; others ‘C’.
The endpapers include more general material, including a short essay on moral laws, which ‘have their foundation in the Reason and Nature of things, & therefore their Obligation will never cease’, and an explanatory list of the ‘offices & Conditions of men’ in the Bible, from Judges and Publicans to Sadducees, who ‘Denied the Resurrection of the Dead, the being of Angels, & the existence of the Spirits or Souls of men departed. They were a very ill-nature sort of men, churlish & morose … even to each other …’. Elsewhere we find that ‘The Name of Publican, whose offic it was to gather the Tribute, was very grievious [sic] to the Greeks & Romans, for they made unlawful Exactions. He is a Publican, a Whirlpit, a Gulph of Rapine.’
Although the specific David Williams responsible for the annotations has not yet been identified, from their tenor he is possibly an Independent or involved in the Welsh Methodist revival, plausibly David Williams of Watford (1709–1784).
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MANUSCRIPT WITH JACOBITE CONNECTIONS LAFFREY.
‘Abregé de l’histoire ancienne avec des reflexions philosophiques & politiques par Mr. Laffrey.’
A charming manuscript summary of ancient history, compiled for a young female member of the Bellew family, and once in the library of the eminent Scottish Jacobite Andrew Lumisden (1720–1801).
Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.
An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury; of a forged bill presented at the counting house of Sir William Forbes; and of an Aberdeen-based troupe of musicians.
1. [BREBNER, John.] Information for John Brebner late merchant of Halifax, now residing in Aberdeen, defender and pursuer, against William Sibbald merchant in Leith, pursuer and defender. Lord Hailes Reporter. [Edinburgh], 12 July 1785.
pp. 33, , 16; side notes slightly trimmed, short closed tear to last leaf (without loss), last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. The defendant claiming to have been duped in business conducted in North America and the West Indies.
2. [STEIN, James.] George, &c. Forasmuchas it is humbly meaned and complained unto us, by our right trusty Ilay Campbell, Esq; our advocate for our interest, upon James Stein distiller at Kilbagie ... that whereas, by the laws of this realm, bribery and corruption, especially when practiced by a distiller ... [Edinburgh, 1785].
pp. 8. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Stein found guilty of attempted bribery.
3. [STEIN, James.] Information for Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland against James Stein distiller at Kilbagie. [Edinburgh], 23 September 1786.
pp. 16. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).
4. [STEIN, James.] Clauses in the statutes referred to in the information for James Stein, under the different heads bribery, forgery, and perjury. [Edinburgh, 1786].
pp. 15, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
5. [STEIN, James.] Information for James Stein, distiller at Kilbeggie; against Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland. [Edinburgh], 31 October 1786.
pp. , 33, [1 blank]; small stain to title, small loss to blank margin of F1. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).
6. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Robert, Henry, George, and Andrew-Berkley Drummond, bankers in London, defenders; against Sir William Erskine, and others, creditors of Hugh and Archibald Seton, pursuers. To be reported to Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.
pp. 29, [1 blank]; small closed marginal tear to D1. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
7. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Sir William Erskine of Torry, and for the other creditors of Hugh Seton of Touch, Esq; and of Archibald Seton, Esq; his eldest son, pursuers; against Hugh Powel ... and Robert, Henry, George and Andrew-Berkley Drummond ... London, bankers, defenders. To be reported by Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.
pp. 39, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
8. [ERSKINE, William.] Report and exhibits in the process Sir William Erskine, &c. against Robert, Henry, &c. Drummonds, Esqrs. [Edinburgh, 1787].
pp. , 75, [1 blank]; last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
9. [LESLIE, William.] Criminal letters, against the reverend Mr William Leslie. [Edinburgh, 1787].
pp. 8; first page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Leslie was found guilty of perjury.
10. [LESLIE, William.] Information for the rev. Mr William Leslie, minister of the parish of St Andrews and Longbride, pannel; against Alexander Penrose-Cumming of Altyre, Esq; with concourse of his majesty’s advocate, prosecutor. [Edinburgh], 15 January 1787.
pp. 28; light spotting. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
11. [GRAHAM, Mary.] June 12, 1772. Unto the right honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Mary Graham, relict of John Grinlay, and John Graham of Redfoord, her nephew. [Edinburgh], 12 June 1772.
pp. 8; imperfect, wanting part of leaf B2 and text thereafter; dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
12. [FORBES, William.] Unto the right honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Sir William Forbes, James Hunter, and Company, bankers in Edinburgh. [Edinburgh], 29 February 1788.
pp. 21, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
13. [BRIERLY, Joseph.] Memorial for Joseph Brierly and George-Stevens Sutherland, musicians, suspenders; against George Forbes, procurator-fiscal of the borough of Aberdeen, charger. Bill of suspension. Lord Henderland reporter. [Edinburgh], 8 March 1787.
pp. 12, 6. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
14. [FRASER, Alexander.] Articles and conditions relative to the tacks of Alexander Fraser, Esq; of Strichen. [Aberdeen?, 1781?].
pp. 14. ESTC, COPAC and OCLC show 1 copy only, at Aberdeen University.
15. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of a letter from the right honourable Lord Sydney ... to his grace the Duke of Richmond ... appointing his grace president of the board of land and sea officers for investigating ... his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth ... [London], 1786.
pp. 19, [1 blank]; pages folded to fit in volume. ESTC T128818 (5 copies).
16. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of an estimate of the expense of fortifying his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth, by the committee of engineers at the Tower ... [London], 1786.
pp. 6, ; pages folded to fit in volume. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.
17. Case of the dean and faculty of advocates, clerks to his majesty’s signet, and other members of the College of Justice, in Scotland. [Edinburgh], 1786.
pp. 4. Not on ESTC; OCLC shows 1 copy at the University of California.