Hard Cover. Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood, 1816. First Edition. Near Fine.
Four volumes. First edition, first printing, bound with the half-titles. Finely bound in contemporary three-quarter red straight-grain morocco and blue shell-pattern marbled paper boards, spines stamped in gilt, blue speckled text block edges, plain white endpapers. About near fine, lightly rubbed and with toning to extremities, corners all slightly bumped, endpapers with faint foxing, a few scattered pencil marks throughout the text blocks, Vol. III with contemporary ownership signature to title page and some creasing to rear free endpaper. Overall, a lovely set with exceptionally clean and tight interiors. Todd & Bowden 98Aa. These four volumes comprise the first installment of the Tales of My Landlord series, a subset of Scott's Waverley novels. The series, intended to highlight life in different Scottish regions, was published under Scott's pseudonym Jedediah Cleishbotham the "Schoolmaster and Parish-clerk of Gandercleugh" and purported to be a collection of tales from the landlord of the fictional Wallace Inn at Gandercleugh, who was said to have sent them to Cleishbotham for editing and arrangement. The first series of Tales of My Landlord contains the historical novels "The Black Dwarf" and "Old Morality." In "The Black Dwarf," Scott tells the story of the dwarfed Sir Edward Mauley amidst the first Jacobite uprisings after the 1707 union of England and Scotland, and "Old Morality" explores the religious turmoil and rebellions of the 1670s and 1680s through the Glorious Revolution of 1688.