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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott

Volumes I - X

By John Gibson Lockhart

1839 - Edinburgh, London - Robert Cadell, John Murray and Whittaker & Co.

7" by 4.5", xvi, 391; iv, 328, 16; v, 406, (2); (2), 408; (2), 408; vi, 430, (2); (2), v, 408; (2), v, 409; (2), vi, 373, (2); (2), iv, 359pp

 

 

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A second edition, 10 volume set of Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott.

Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and blind-stamped pictorial decoration.

Second edition.

10 volumes, complete.

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, 1771 1832, was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time. In some ways Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers all over Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature.

 

John Gibson Lockhart, 1794 1854, was a Scottish writer and editor. A precocious youth, Lockhart entered Balliol college, Oxford at fourteen. He read French, Italian, German and Spanish, was interested in classical and British antiquities, and became versed in heraldic and genealogical lore. For two years after leaving Oxford he lived chiefly in Glasgow before settling to the study of Scots law in Edinburgh.

Lockhart often contributed to the infamous Blackwoods magazine, which included his spirited translations of Spanish ballads. In 1818, Lockhart was befriended by Sir Walter Scott and the acquaintance ripened quickly into a friendship that later resulted in a marriage between Lockhart and Scott's eldest daughter Sophia. Between 1818 and 1825 Lockhart worked indefatigably on novels, translations, and biographies. In 1825 Lockhart accepted the editorship of the Quarterly Review. In London he had great social success, and was recognized as a brilliant editor. He was buried in Dryburgh Abbey, near Sir Walter Scott.

 

CONDITION

The bindings are generally firm, but loose in places. The first few pages of volume 8 are loosely bound. Volume 10 has a detached frontispiece that is contained herewith. The inner hinges are strained. The inner rear hinge of volume 4 has failed. The inner front hinge of volume 6 has failed. There is mild wear to the extremities, including mild bumping and discolouration to the boards. Internally the pages are bright, with occasional mild spotting that becomes most prominent on the endpapers. There are nameplate ink stamps of Robert Montgomery Conway on the front pastedowns of each volume. Overall the condition is good.  

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