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1857 SIR WALTER SCOTT Lady of the Lake & Lay of the Last Minstrel FINE BINDING

1857 SIR WALTER SCOTT Lady of the Lake & Lay of the Last Minstrel FINE BINDING

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By Sir Walter Scott

This is Volume I from The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott published by James Nichol, Edinburgh, 1857. Full leather fine binding wih gilt tooling to both boards and spine, marble to all pages edges, marble endpapers, pp xxxv, [v], 391.

A good copy. The leather binding remains in very good condition with both boards firmly attached, The gilt decoration remains bright. Endpapers good and with cloth joints. All contents present to thisvolume and pages in good condition throughout. Just a few light spots to the endpapers. Previous owner has written his name to the half title page and there is also a neat inscription to the reverse side of the front free endpaper. Overall in good condition and presented in a handsome volume.

Sir Walter Scott (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832), was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of European and Scottish literature, notably the novels Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, Old Mortality, The Heart of Mid-Lothian and The Bride of Lammermoor, and the narrative poems The Lady of the Lake and Marmion. He had a major impact on European and American literature. As an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, he combined writing and editing with daily work as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire. He was prominent in Edinburgh's Tory establishment, active in the Highland Society, long a president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1820–1832), and a vice president of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1827–1829). His knowledge of history and literary facility equipped him to establish the historical novel genre and as an exemplar of European Romanticism. He became a baronet "of Abbotsford in the County of Roxburgh", Scotland, on 22 April 1820; the title became extinct on his son's death in 1847.
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