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A Fabulous And Complete Set Of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley Novels In 48 Books Dated 1892-1894


£2,375 | $3,310 USD | €2,768 EUR
Item Number: SA764161
Date of manufacture: Victorian
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Donnelly Antiques Ltd
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Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish novelist and poet (1771-1832), is considered by many as having established the historical novel genre with his works set in various centuries although focusing predominately around the 17th and 18th centuries. This complete set is is the Border Edition dedicated by the publisher to Scott's great-granddaughter The Hon. Mrs Maxwell Scott of Abbotsford and her children. This edition was published between 1892-1894 by John C Nimmo of London, printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co of Edinburgh, except the tissue guarded etchings which were printed by F Goulding of London and the introductory essays and notes are by Scott's biographer Andrew Lang.
The books were retailed by one of London's oldest booksellers, Henry Southeran's founded in York in 1761 and established in London in 1815, and bound by the very highly regarded Riviere & Sons. They are uniformly half bound (spines, returns and across the corners) in midnight blue Morocco leather with the boards in a complimentary peacock blue cloth. The spines are arranged in 6 equal sections by 5 raised bands with two sections containing the titles in gilt and the remainder each decorated with a gilt thistle, the emblem of Scotland. The top edges are are also gilt and the endpapers are marbled with the front paste-down bearing the book plate of Arthur Lionel Woodhouse with the coat of arms carrying the Latin motto 'Virtus in Arduis' - Virtue in Difficulties. An Arthur Lionel Woodhouse is recorded as being born in The Hall, Runcorn, Cheshire in June 1866 and passing away 70 years later at Scapa, Little Baddow, Essex.
This fine and smart set is presented in excellent antiquarian condition with very little discernible sun fading to the spines, the leather and colour are bright and rich retaining both its brightness and richness. There is a little shelf wear generally in the form of minor marks to the cloth, there are a few small bumps to the extremities of bottom corners only and some minor signs of the start of limited partial cracking only to a handful of joints - all are holding firm as evidenced by the photo of Volume 1 in isolation as the bottom left hand joint is has the start of light cracking but can hardly be seen. There is some light foxing concentrated to the preliminary blank pages, half titles and fore-edges otherwise the pages are clean, undamaged and tightly bound.
Each volume has an approximate height of 20.5cms and a maximum depth of some 14.25cms. The combined length of all of the volumes is approximately 1.68 metres.
Volumes 1 & 2 - Waverley - set in Perthshire, Scotland in 1745-6
Volumes 3 & 4 - Guy Mannering - set in Galloway, Scotland in 1760-5 and 1781-2
Volumes 5 & 6 - The Antiquary - set in North East Scotland in the 1790's
Volumes 7 & 8 - Rob Roy - set in Northumberland (England) and the surrounding area of Loch Lomond (Scotland) in 1715-16
Volumes 9 & 10 - The Tale of Old Mortality - set in Southern Scotland in 1676-1689
Volumes 11 & 12 - The Heart of Mid-Lothian - set in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Richmond (England) in 1736
Volume 13 - A Legend of Montrose - set in the Scottish Highlands in 1644-5
Volume 14 & 15 - The Bride of Lammermoor - set in East Lothian (Scotland) in 1709-11
Volume 15 - also Black Dwarf - set in the Scottish Borders in 1707
Volumes 16 & 17 - Ivanhoe - set in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in 1194
Volumes 18 & 19 - The Monastery - set in the Scottish Borders in 1547-57
Volumes 20 & 21 - The Abbott - set in Scotland in 1567-8
Volumes 22 & 23 - Kenilworth - set in Berkshire and Warwickshire (England) in 1575
Volumes 24 & 25 - The Pirate - set in Shetland and Orkney (Scotland) in the 1690s.
Volumes 26 & 27 - The Fortunes of Nigel - set in London in 1616-1618
Volumes 28, 29 & 30 - Peveril of the Peak - set in Derbyshire, Isle of Man and London in 1658-80
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Victorian.

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