The Antiquary. Sir Walter Scott.

The Antiquary

Hard Cover. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company, 1816. 1st Edition. Near Fine.


Three volumes. First edition, with page 138 in Volume III misnumbered as 318. One of 5000 copies. Set finely bound by Morrell, tan speckled boards with decorative gilt borders, four raised bands to spines, spines ruled and lettered in gilt, brown labels, all edges gilt, gilt decorative turn-ins, blue-green endpapers, contemporary ownership signature on title pages of Deputy Governor Alexander Mair. Near fine, with light spotting to some pages, offsetting to edges of front and rear free endpapers, and a touch of surface wear to the front joint of Volume I. Overall, an attractive and vibrant set. Todd & Bowden 94Aa. Scott's favorite of his own novels, The Antiquary is the third volume in Scott's "series of fictitious narratives, intended to illustrate the manners of Scotland at three different periods." This series also includes Waverley (1814) and Guy Mannering (1815). As Scott explains in the prefatory advertisement, "Waverley embraced the age of our fathers, Guy Mannering that of our own youth, and The Antiquary refers to the last ten years of the eighteenth century." Specifically, the novel features the antiquary Johnathan Oldbuck, although he is not the hero of the story. This set was previously owned by Alexander Mair (1757-1836), who served as the Deputy Governor at Fort George in the Scottish Highlands.


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Price: $450.00