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The Border Antiquities of England and Scotland Comprising Specimens of Architecture and Sculpture and Other Vestiges of Former Ages Accompanied By Descriptions Together with Illustrations of Remarkable Incidents in Border History and Tradition

By Walter Scott

1814

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown et al : London

11" by 9"

cxxvii, 92pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition, first volume, of this extensive look at the border settlements of England and Scotland. This particular volume has fascinating provenance, being the copy that once belonged to noted bibliophile, Eric Quayle.

Eric Quayle was an avid book collector, historian and author. He wrote many works on collecting children's books, detective fiction and one on Scott titled 'The ruin of Sir Walter Scott'. Quayle's collection of books totaled around 16,000 at his time of death. Two of Quayle's bookplates are to the front pastedown of this work. His writing is to the verso of front endpaper where he writes 'Endpaper Watermarked 1811 E.Q'. There is only one clear watermark to the endpapers of this work, and that is to the rear endpaper, which is dated 1814. The contemporary prior owner's inscription to the verso of front endpaper, 'This book was bought at second-hand, bound as it is, at the shop of R Wrightson, Bookseller, Birmingham for £ 18 = 81/2 Guineas: Charles Hurt jun: Wirksworth - Derbyshire July 9 1819'. Being volume I only. At the time of publication volume I was the only volume that was issued. Volume II was published three years later in 1817. In a lovely contemporary full morocco binding. With a frontispiece, engraved title page, and forty-seven plates. Collated, complete. This work was essentially co-authored between Scott, the illustrator Luke Clennell and the engraver John Greig. Sir Walter Scott's contribution was the lengthy introductory essay. Locations discussed to this work include Newcastle Castle, Warkworth Castle, Carlisle Castle, Lanercost Priory, Bothwell Castle, Jedburgh Abbey and much more. A very smart copy of this work, with apt provenance. Scott, Clennel and Greig look at the architectural beauty, charm and history of the border settlements.

CONDITION

In a full straight-grained morocco binding with tooled detailing to the boards and spine. Externally, smart, with heavy rubbing to the joints and extremities. A little loss to the leather at the head of spine. Front joint has a small split to the head with the hinge being strained. Prior owner's bookplates to the front pastedown, Eric Quayle. Prior owners' inscriptions to the verso of front endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spotting.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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