8vo., pp. xiv, 127, , 80; separate register to each part; title and dedication printed in red and black; slightly later panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments, upper joint cracked but very firm; armorial bookplate of Sir John Anstruther of that Ilk, Bart., to blank title verso.
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An historical Account of the Conspiracies by the Earls of Gowry, and Robert Logan of Restalrig, against King James VI. of glorious Memory. Containing the Facts, Proofs and Judgments, in these Causes. To which is added, A Vindication of Robert III. King of Scotland, and all his Descendents, from the Imputation of Bastardy … Taken from authentick Documents, yet extant among the national Records …
First edition, dedicated to Queen Anne, ‘and to all the Princes who share in her royal blood’. The Vindication of Robert III was first published in 1695.
An attempt to clear the King of any wrongdoing in the Gowrie Conspiracy (1600), written by the venerable Scottish politician, ‘a person eminent for his learning, and for his abilities as a statesman and general’ (Horace Walpole). ‘I thought it my duty, to publish it now, when such as evidently appear no friends to the monarchy, do vent their spleen, either by forging or repeating what may raise contempt on the memories of the dead kings, and the justice of their parliaments’ (p. x).
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