Edinburgh: Archibald Constable. 1823. First Edition. Octavo. In 3 volumes. pp. lxiii, 273; 331; 360. In original half calf tan leather bindings, with marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to spines, and all edges marbled. Generally very worn, with bumped corners and abrasion to fore edges. Binding strong and tight, with good clean text blocks. Some browning caused by book plates of Admiral and Mrs Page to all 3 front paste down end papers. Spotting to the last few pages of vol. 3. Good overall. In this Romantic novel set in fifteenth century France, Scott embarks on an impassioned character assassination of the French King Louis XI (1461 - 1483). Though the Age of Chivalry has supposedly passed, the Scottish Guard archer Quentin Durward manages to spite the machinations of both the French King and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, by winning the hand of Burgundian heiress Isabelle de Croye by his chivalrous deportment. Item #44268
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