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The Lord of the Isles; a Poem

By Walter Scott

1815 - Edinburgh - James Ballantyne and Co.

8.5" by 5"; 447pp.

 
 
 
 
 


 

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Third edition of the rhymed, romantic, narrative-poem by Sir Walter Scott, written in 1815.

In six cantos.

In stunning narrative poetry, the story begins during the time when Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick has been hunted out of Scotland into exile by the English and their allies. Bruce returns over sea from the Island of Rachrin: but is forced to land close to hostile forces atArtonish Castle on the seacoast of Argylshire. Seeking refuge from tempestuous seas, Bruce begs shelter from Ronald, Lord of the Isles: inadvertently on the day of his marriage feast to the beautiful Edith of Lorn.

Bruce's very presence is enough to interrupt the nuptials and to break up the festivities: the guests quickly polarise into two armed and equally matched factions: one ready to raise Bruce to the Scottish crown, the other ready to slay him for desecration and murder. The combatants are dispersed with no bloodshed only by the combined offices of Lord Ronald himself, aided by a visiting Abbot: whereupon Bruce quickly removes himself to first the Island of Sky, and then Ayrshire: raising the an army willing to rout the English and re-establish the fight for Scottish independence.

Bruce begins to win a steady stream of victories as his armies march inevitably towards Bannockburn. There, Bruce confronts Scotland's formidable enemy - led by the son of the Hammer of the Scots: the English outnumbering the Scots by more than two to one.

CONDITION

In a mottled calf leather binding with gilt border around the boards. Spine is ribbed with gilt lettering. Externally, very smart with some minor shelfwear. The corners and spine are slightly worn. Edges of the leaves are marbled. Internally, firmly bound. Front hinge is slightly tender. Front and rear pastedowns are marbled. There is an ink inscription to the verso of front free-end papers. Pages are bright and clean with a few scattered spots. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

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