Hard Cover. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company, 1820. First Edition. Very Good.
Three volumes. First edition, first issue with page 159 misnumbered, with all half-titles and the three pages of publisher's advertisements at the rear of Volume III present. Bound in contemporary brown calf over marbled boards. A very good set with wear and rubbing to spines, early repairs to spines, former owner bookplate to front pastedowns. Todd & Bowden 140Aa. Widely considered Scott's most popular novel, Ivanhoe is a historical novel set in late 12th century England during the reign of Richard I. Specifically, Ivanhoe, set in 1194 shortly after the Third Crusade, presents the development of modern England as the result of the enmity between the Saxons and Normans. The mythical text is narrated by the fictional protagonist Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon, and includes many notable historical figures including Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood and the Merry Men, among others. An instant bestseller with resounding literary significance, Ivanhoe sold out of its first printing of 10,000 copies within two weeks and was credited with catalyzing the popularity of historical fiction.