Hard Cover. Edinburgh: printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. First Edition. Fine.
Three volumes. First edition, first issue, with pages 159-306 in Vol. I misnumbered as 151-298, bound with all half-titles and fly-titles present. Finely bound in contemporary black polished calf over marbled boards, spine compartments ruled in gilt, contrasting burgundy title labels, lettered in gilt, spines decorated gilt, red speckled edges. An excellent set with some mild wear and rubbing to the spines and extremities, covers lightly rubbed. Contemporary former owner signature to endpapers and front blanks, a few scattered spots and overall, extremely clean and fresh page. Overall, a beautiful copy of the first printing of this iconic text. Todd & Bowden 140Aa. Widely considered Scott's most popular work, 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.