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Scott, Walter. The lay of the last minstrel. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1854. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). 354 pp. $145.00
One of Walter Scott's best in a beautiful binding. Originally published in 1805, The Lay of the Last Minstrel was immediately well-received and afforded Scott instant fame. His intention for the full-length narrative poem was to "illustrate the customs and manners which anciently prevailed on the Borders of England and Scotland."
Illustrated with => 100 wood engravings designed by Birket Foster and John Gilbert, and engraved by J.W. Whymper and Edmund Evans, this bears also a steel-engraved, pastoral frontispiece signed by J.M.W. Turner and W. Miller and a Highlands vignette on the engraved title-page signed by Turner and W.J. Cooke.
Binding: Hunter green morocco with gilt lettering and five raised bands to spine, blind-stamped and -embossed boards; board edges tooled in blind with a rope roll. Stunning marbled endpapers, all edges gilt and gauffered, green silk bookmark. Blind stamp of => binder Robert Seton of Edinburgh on lower front turn-in.
Provenance: On front free endpaper, name plate of Lady Katherine Molyneux; the Molyneux family resided in Croxteth Hall in Liverpool, and a painting of "Lady Katherine Molyneux's Carriage" (1846) by Edmund Bristow hangs in Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery. Signature of Hubert Dingwall, and his notes on acquisition of the volume, on verso of front free endpaper.
Bound as above, spine a bit faded and boards slightly bowed; edges, joints and spine nicely refurbished. Very faint staining along fore- and top edge of front and rear free endpapers and light offsetting/foxing to tissue guard of frontispiece. => A classic poem, illustrated with beautiful engravings notably well reproduced, in an attractive signed binding. (37380) Please RESHELVE This.
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