Hard Cover. London: John Murray, 1822. Near Fine.
Illustrated with plates of medals, portraits, and prospects. Second edition. Beautifully bound in full contemporary brown polished calf with contrasting lettered spine labels, spine compartments decorated in gilt, red speckled edges. Light wear and rubbing to the edges, a few faint stains; internally, quite fresh with a former owner bookplate to front pastedowns, some light scattered foxing throughout. A very attractive set. Scottish antiquarian George Chalmers’ 1822 work The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots details in three volumes the major events of Mary Stuart’s life and the events leading up to her death. Chalmers relied heavily on historian John Whitaker’s work to write his account of Mary’s life. Chalmers himself was caught in the crossfires of history: after studying law in Scotland, he practiced law in Maryland up until the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. A staunch loyalist, Chalmers fled the colonies and settled again in Scotland, where he made a career for himself as a writer.