A large set of Walter Scott's famous Waverley Novels.
Including Rob Roy, Peveril of the Peak, Anne of Geierstein, The Monastery, Old Mortality, The Pirate, Waverley, The Surgeon's Daughter, The Antiquary, Quentin Durward, The Talisman, Kenilworth, Ivanhoe, Heart of Midlothian, Count Robert of Paris, Fortunes of Nigel, St Ronan's Well, Legend of Montrose, The Fair Maid of Perth, The Abbot, Red Gauntlet, Woodstock, Guy Mannering, The Highland Widow, and The Betrothed.
Although Scott had attained celebrity through his poetry, he soon tried his hand at documenting his researches into the oral tradition of the Scottish Borders in prose fiction stories and novels at the time still considered aesthetically inferior to poetry (above all to such classical genres as the epic or poetic tragedy) as a mimetic vehicle for portraying historical events. In an innovative and astute action, he wrote and published his first novel, Waverley, anonymously. It was a tale of the Jacobite rising of 1745.
There followed a succession of novels over the next five years, each with a Scottish historical setting. Mindful of his reputation as a poet, Scott maintained the anonymity he had begun with Waverley, publishing the novels under the name "Author of Waverley" or as "Tales of..." with no author. Among those familiar with his poetry, his identity became an open secret, but Scott persisted maintaining the faade, perhaps because he thought his old-fashioned father would disapprove of his engaging in such a trivial pursuit as novel writing. During this time Scott became known by the nickname "The Wizard of the North".
With vignette title pages and engraved frontispieces to each volume.
Complete in forty-eight volumes.
In half-morocco bindings with marbles boards. Externally rubbed, with the majority of the joints failed and boards detached. All other joints are cracked. Some loss to the heads of the spines. Internally, firmly bound. Ink signatures to title pages. Pages have some light spotting in places and marginal age-toning. Overall: GOOD ONLY.