Edinburgh: James Ballantyne and Co., 1814. Second Edition, in ORIGINAL BOARDS. Three volumes. Octavo, with half-titles, edges untrimmed. Frontispiece illustration to each volume. A rare survival in the original grey-paper covered boards, with blue paper spine and printed title labels (lacking from vol. II). Some general wear to the fragile binding, some paper loss to the spines, boards detached to vol.II, other joints worn, lower board to vol. III lacks covering; Nonetheless a very good copy, attractively housed in a cloth clamshell over blue paper sides, in the style of the original binding. Published anonymously in 1814, this second edition followed shortly after and still did not reveal the author's name. It was Scott's first venture into prose fiction and is widely accepted as the first historical novel. Item #40582
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