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Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. In seven volumes

Edited by John Gibson Lockhart

1837-8 - Edinburgh and London - Robert Cadell and John Murray and Whittaker and Co

8" by 5"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The fascinating and definitive biography of Sir Walter Scott, edited by his friend and son in law.

First Edition.

Complete in seven volumes.

With a frontispiece and folding facsimile plate of the handwriting of Sir Walter Scott to volume I.

Publisher's catalogues to front or rear of most volumes.

Bookseller's label of C. O. Brien, Limerick, to front pastedown of volume VII. 

John Gibson Lockhart (12 July 1794 25 November 1854) was a Scottish writer and editor. He is best known as the author of this work. This biography has been called the second most admirable in the English language, after Boswell's Life of Johnson. In it are published a great number of Scott's letters. Lockhart began contributing to Blackwood's Magazine translations of Spanish ballads, which in 1823 were published separately. In 1818 the young man attracted the notice of Sir Walter Scott, and he married Scott's eldest daughter Sophia in April 1820. Between 1818 and 1825 Lockhart worked indefatigably. In 1819 Peter's Letters to his Kinsfolk appeared, and in 1822 he edited Peter Motteux's edition of Don Quixote, to which he prefixed a life of Cervantes. Four novels followed: Valerius in 1821, Some passages in the Life of Adam Blair, Minister of Gospel at Cross Meikle in 1822, Reginald Dalton in 1823 and Matthew Wald in 1824. But his strength did not lie in novel writing. In 1825 Lockhart accepted the editorship of the Quarterly Review, which had been in the hands of Sir John Taylor Coleridge since William Gifford's resignation in 1824.

CONDITION

In original publisher's cloth bindings with paper spine labels. Externally rubbed, one board detached, one joint cracked with splitting to the cloth along several joints. Loss to paper spine labels. Four hinges held by cords and paper only, four strained. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and generally clean, aside from some light scattered spotting. Overall: GOOD ONLY


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