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A hugely prolific period of writing produced over twenty-five novels, including Rob Roy , The Heart of Midlothian , The Bride of Lammermoor , Kenilworth and Redgauntlet Already sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire, Scott was created a baronet in The printing business in which Scott was a partner ran into financial difficulties in , and Scott devoted his energies to work in order to repay the firm's creditors, publishing many more novels, dramatic works, histories and a life of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Log-in or create an account first! Published by Ticknor and Fields, Engraved title to second volume only. Two volumes bound in one. Nineteenth century brown cloth, leather label with gilt letters at foot of spine of Y[oung] M[en's] M[ercantile] L[ibrary] A[ssociation] [of Cinncinnati]. Label quite rubbed, cloth frayed and rubbed along joints and extremities, shaken, lacking leaves preceding dedication leaf other than blank, marginal browning, ex-library with lettering on spine, bookplate removed, stamp on a leaf, else a good copy.

James Cummins Bookseller Published: Nineteenth century brown cloth, leather label with gilt letters at foot of spine of Y[oung] M[en's. Archibald Constable and Co. Second Edition of the first of The Waverley Novels published five weeks after the first edition with minor revisions and one new paragraph volume II, p.

This is an extra-illustrated Grangerized edition containing 17 engravings of portraits and views, minor wear. Tipped-in volume I is a facsimile of a holograph letter from Sir Walter Scott to bookseller Charles Tilt thanking him for his present of illustrations for Waverley. The original of this letter identified Scott as the author of Waverley, which was published anonymously.

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Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. The Heart of Midlothian has micronick at middle of long front edge, frontispiece illustrating page , scratch to exterior long pages' edge at bottom, pages, final page uncut. Quentin Durward has frontispiece of p. The Antiquary has frontispiece illustrating p. Peveril of the Peak has frontispiece illustrating p. Guy Mannering has frontispiece illustrating p. Woodstock has frontispiece illustrating p. Red Gauntlet has frontispiece illustrating p.

Light wear to top tips. Near Very Fine set. Edward finds military life in Angus boring and obtains from his commanding officer Colonel G— a few weeks' leave of absence to make an excursion. Edward arrives at the hamlet and estate of Tully-Veolan. Edward encounters a half-wit servant David Gellatley who introduces him to the butler. Edward encounters Rose Bradwardine and her father, who gives an account of four guests expected for dinner. Bradwardine reconciles Edward and an apologetic Balmawhapple. Rose tells Gellatley's story. After hunting with Bradwardine, Edward is entertained by Rose, who tells how Gellatley's mother Janet had been regarded as a witch.

Prompted by Gellatley, Edward discovers that Bradwardine has fought Balmawhapple on his behalf. Rose is increasingly attracted by Edward. Some six weeks into Edward's stay theTully-Veolan cattle are stolen, Bradwardine having refused to continue paying 'black-mail' to Fergus Mac-Ivor. Evan Dhu Maccombich arrives from Fergus to make peace, and Edward sets out with him to experience the Highlands. The narrator provides a sketch of Fergus, who escorts Edward to his house of Glennaquoich.

Flora explains Highland minstrelsy to Edward and sings a song to a harp by a waterfall. Flora expresses to Edward her view of Bradwardine and Rose. Edward is injured during a stag-hunt and recuperates for a week before returning to Glennaquoich. Letters from England inform Edward that his father has engaged in political intrigue and been dismissed from government service.

He also receives a peremptory note from Colonel G— demanding his immediate return, to which he responds by resigning his commission. After showing Edward a newspaper report of his replacement as captain Fergus indicates that he can help him to be revenged for the injustice. After expressing reservations about Edward joining the Jacobites, Flora asks for an hour to consider his profession of love for her. Flora indicates to Edward that she can never fulfil his idea of domestic happiness and urges him to return to England. Gellatley delivers a letter from Rose warning Edward that a search for him is under way.

He decides to go to Edinburgh to justify his conduct. Callum Beg escorts Edward to the Lowlands. Before an innkeeper Ebenezer Cruickshanks takes over as guide, Callum gives Edward a letter from Fergus enclosing a poem by Flora on the grave of an English captain. A political altercation between a blacksmith Micklewrath and his wife results in Edward being suspected of Jacobite allegiance; he shoots in self-defence, wounding the smith. Edward is examined by the Justice of the Peace Major Mellville, with Mr Morton the minister; the case against him mounts up, including evidence that by means of an agent he had tempted his compatriot Sergeant Houghton to desert to the Jacobite cause.


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  7. Morton and Mellville discuss Edward's case, and the Colonel decides to ask the Cameronian Gilfillan to escort him to Stirling. Edward shares an increasingly relaxed meal with Mellville and Morton which is interrupted by the sound of Gilfillan's drum. Gilfillan's band is joined by a pretended pedlar whose whistle prompts eight Highlanders to rescue Edward. Edward is tended in a hut by Janet and a mysterious female. Alice Bean Lean draws his attention as she puts a packet in his portmanteau. After passing English troops, Edward is conducted to Doune Castle.

    Edward is conducted to Edinburgh by a party under Balmawhapple. Fergus introduces Edward to Prince Charles, to whom he gives his allegiance. Fergus tells Edward he is sure that the apparent pedlar in Ch. They are joined by Bradwardine. Edward is provided with a tartan outfit. Fergus, Bradwardine, and Macwheeble discuss the forthcoming battle. On the eve of battle Edward is encouraged by Charles in his pursuit of Flora and impresses her with his spirited conduct at the ball.

    Edward encounters the mortally wounded Houghton, who has been reduced to the ranks. Edward, though tormented by the thought that he is a traitor, joins in the preparations for battle. Bradwardine is worried he may not be able to carry out his feudal duty of taking off Charles's boots since he wears brogues, but he finds a pedantic solution. Committed by Charles to Edward's care Talbot agrees not to attempt to escape without his knowledge.

    Edward examines the packet in his portmanteau which contain earlier letters from Colonel G— requesting his return from the Highlands. Further details provided by John Hodges amplified by the narrator make clear Donald Bean Lean's role in pretending to be Edward's agent as the pedlar Ruthven or Ruffen. Edward gets to know the manly but prejudiced Talbot better and is increasingly attracted by Rose.

    Flora tells Rose that Edward is destined to domestic tranquillity. Fergus informs Edward that he intended to marry Rose, but that Charles has indicated her affections are engaged elsewhere. Flora uses a reading of Romeo and Juliet to direct Edward towards Rose rather than herself. Edward learns from Talbot that his wife, distressed by the news from Scotland, has lost her baby and is seriously ill.

    As the Jacobite army marches south Fergus expresses his anger at Edward's rejection of Flora. Callum fires at Edward, who he thinks has insulted the clan, and is struck senseless by Fergus. Fergus instigates a duel with Edward, but Charles interrupts them and explains that he had mistakenly taken Edward to be Rose's accepted lover. In Cumberland Fergus tells Edward that he has seen the Bodach glas, a spirit foretelling his own imminent death.

    Their party is defeated in a skirmish. Learning from a newspaper of his father's death and of Sir Everard's impending trial for high treason in his nephew's absence, Edward makes his way to London; he is embarrassed en route by the enquires of Mrs Nosebag, a military wife. Talbot tells Edward that the report of Sir Everard's accusation is false and arranges for him to travel back to Scotland posing as his nephew. After being informed by Mrs Flockhart, Fergus's Edinburgh landlady, that the chieftain is to stand trial at Carlisle, Edward makes his way to a vandalised Tully-Veolan where Gellatley leads him to Bradwardine in Janet's hut.

    At dawn Edward escorts Bradwardine to his hiding-place in a cave. Janet explains some remaining mysteries, including the fact that Rose was the mysterious female in attendance in Ch. Edward visits Baillie Macwheeble and receives a letter from Talbot with royal pardons for Bradwardine and himself. In Edinburgh Talbot says he can do nothing to save Fergus.

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    Walter Scott was born on 15 August His father was a member of a cadet branch of the Scotts Clan, and his mother descended from the Haliburton family, the descent from whom granted Walter's family the hereditary right of burial in Dryburgh Abbey. Five of Walter's siblings died in infancy, and a sixth died when he was five months of age. In January he returned to Edinburgh, and that summer went with his aunt Jenny to take spa treatment at Bath in England, where they lived at 6 South Parade.

    In , Scott returned to Edinburgh for private education to prepare him for school, and joined his family in their new house built as one of the first in George Square. He was now well able to walk and explore the city and the surrounding countryside. His reading included chivalric romances, poems, history and travel books. He was given private tuition by James Mitchell in arithmetic and writing, and learned from him the history of the Church of Scotland with emphasis on the Covenanters.

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    After finishing school he was sent to stay for six months with his aunt Jenny in Kelso , attending the local grammar school where he met James and John Ballantyne , who later became his business partners and printed his books. Scott began studying classics at the University of Edinburgh in November , at the age of 12, a year or so younger than most of his fellow students. In March he began an apprenticeship in his father's office to become a Writer to the Signet. While at the university Scott had become a friend of Adam Ferguson, the son of Professor Adam Ferguson who hosted literary salons.

    Scott met the blind poet Thomas Blacklock , who lent him books and introduced him to James Macpherson 's Ossian cycle of poems. During the winter of —87 the year-old Scott saw Robert Burns at one of these salons, for what was to be their only meeting. When Burns noticed a print illustrating the poem "The Justice of the Peace" and asked who had written the poem, only Scott knew that it was by John Langhorne , and was thanked by Burns.

    After completing his studies in law, he became a lawyer in Edinburgh. As a lawyer's clerk he made his first visit to the Scottish Highlands directing an eviction. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in As a boy, youth and young man, Scott was fascinated by the oral traditions of the Scottish Borders. He was an obsessive collector of stories, and developed an innovative method of recording what he heard at the feet of local story-tellers using carvings on twigs, to avoid the disapproval of those who believed that such stories were neither for writing down nor for printing.

    He then published an idiosyncratic three-volume set of collected ballads of his adopted home region, The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border. This was the first sign from a literary standpoint of his interest in Scottish history. As a result of his early polio infection, Scott had a pronounced limp. He was described in as tall, well formed except for one ankle and foot which made him walk lamely , neither fat nor thin, with forehead very high, nose short, upper lip long and face rather fleshy, complexion fresh and clear, eyes very blue, shrewd and penetrating, with hair now silvery white.

    Unable to consider a military career, Scott enlisted as a volunteer in the 1st Lothian and Border yeomanry. After three weeks of courtship, Scott proposed and they were married on Christmas Eve in St Mary's Church, Carlisle a church set up in the now destroyed nave of Carlisle Cathedral. They had five children, of whom four survived by the time of Scott's death, most baptized by an Episcopalian clergyman.

    In his early married days Scott had a decent living from his earnings at the law, his salary as Sheriff-Depute, his wife's income, some revenue from his writing, and his share of his father's rather meagre estate. After their third son was born in , they moved to a spacious three-storey house built for Scott at 39 North Castle Street. This remained Scott's base in Edinburgh until , when he could no longer afford two homes. From Scott had spent the summers in a cottage at Lasswade , where he entertained guests including literary figures, and it was there that his career as an author began.

    There were nominal residency requirements for his position of Sheriff-Depute, and at first he stayed at a local inn during the circuit. In he ended his use of the Lasswade cottage and leased the substantial house of Ashestiel , 6 miles 9. It was sited on the south bank of the River Tweed , and the building incorporated an old tower house.

    John", and his poetry then began to bring him to public attention. In , The Lay of the Last Minstrel captured wide public imagination, and his career as a writer was established in spectacular fashion. He published many other poems over the next ten years, including the popular The Lady of the Lake , printed in and set in the Trossachs. Portions of the German translation of this work were set to music by Franz Schubert. Marmion , published in , produced lines that have become proverbial. No wonder why I felt rebuked beneath his eye. In Scott persuaded James Ballantyne and his brother to move to Edinburgh and to establish their printing press there.

    He became a partner in their business. As a political conservative, [21] Scott helped to found the Tory Quarterly Review , a review journal to which he made several anonymous contributions. Scott was also a contributor to the Edinburgh Review , which espoused Whig views. Scott was ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Duddington and sat in the General Assembly for a time as representative elder of the burgh of Selkirk. The farm had the nickname of " Clarty Hole", and when Scott built a family cottage there in he named it "Abbotsford".

    He continued to expand the estate, and built Abbotsford House in a series of extensions. In Scott was offered the position of Poet Laureate. He declined, due to concerns that "such an appointment would be a poisoned chalice", as the Laureateship had fallen into disrepute, due to the decline in quality of work suffered by previous title holders, "as a succession of poetasters had churned out conventional and obsequious odes on royal occasions.

    Although Scott had attained worldwide celebrity through his poetry, he soon tried his hand at documenting his researches into the oral tradition of the Scottish Borders in prose fiction—stories and novels—at the time still considered aesthetically inferior to poetry above all to such classical genres as the epic or poetic tragedy as a mimetic vehicle for portraying historical events.

    In an innovative and astute action, he wrote and published his first novel , Waverley , anonymously in It was a tale of the Jacobite rising of Its English protagonist, Edward Waverley, like Don Quixote a great reader of romances, has been brought up by his Tory uncle, who is sympathetic to Jacobitism , although Edward's own father is a Whig.

    The youthful Waverley obtains a commission in the Whig army and is posted in Dundee. On leave, he meets his uncle's friend, the Jacobite Baron Bradwardine and is attracted to the Baron's daughter Rose. On a visit to the Highlands, Edward overstays his leave and is arrested and charged with desertion but is rescued by the Highland chieftain Fergus MacIvor and his mesmerizing sister Flora, whose devotion to the Stuart cause, "as it exceeded her brother's in fanaticism, excelled it also in purity".

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    Through Flora, Waverley meets Bonnie Prince Charlie , and under her influence goes over to the Jacobite side and takes part in the Battle of Prestonpans. He escapes retribution, however, after saving the life of a Whig colonel during the battle. Waverley whose surname reflects his divided loyalties eventually decides to lead a peaceful life of establishment respectability under the House of Hanover rather than live as a proscribed rebel.

    He chooses to marry the beautiful Rose Bradwardine, rather than cast his lot with the sublime Flora MacIvor, who, after the failure of the '45 rising, retires to a French convent. There followed a succession of novels over the next five years, each with a Scottish historical setting. Mindful of his reputation as a poet, Scott maintained the anonymity he had begun with Waverley , publishing the novels under the name "Author of Waverley" or as "Tales of During this time Scott became known by the nickname "The Wizard of the North".

    In he was given the honour of dining with George, Prince Regent , who wanted to meet the "Author of Waverley". Scott's series Tales of my Landlord is sometimes considered a subset of the Waverley novels and was intended to illustrate aspects of Scottish regional life. Among the best known is The Bride of Lammermoor , a fictionalized version of an actual incident in the history of the Dalrymple family that took place in the Lammermuir Hills in In the novel, Lucie Ashton and the nobly born but now dispossessed and impoverished Edgar Ravenswood exchange vows.

    But the Ravenswoods and the wealthy Ashtons, who now own the former Ravenswood lands, are enemies, and Lucie's mother forces her daughter to break her engagement to Edgar and marry the wealthy Sir Arthur Bucklaw. Lucie falls into a depression and on their wedding night stabs the bridegroom, succumbs to insanity, and dies.

    The prolonged, climactic coloratura mad scene for Lucia in Donizetti 's bel canto opera Lucia di Lammermoor is based on what in the novel were just a few bland sentences. Tales of my Landlord includes the now highly regarded novel Old Mortality , set in —89 against the backdrop of the ferocious anti-Covenanting campaign of the Tory Graham of Claverhouse , subsequently made Viscount Dundee called "Bluidy Clavers" by his opponents but later dubbed " Bonnie Dundee " by Scott.

    The Covenanters were presbyterians who had supported the Restoration of Charles II on promises of a Presbyterian settlement, but he had instead reintroduced Episcopalian church government with draconian penalties for Presbyterian worship. This led to the destitution of around ministers who had refused to take an oath of allegiance and submit themselves to bishops, and who continued to conduct worship among a remnant of their flock in caves and other remote country spots.

    The relentless persecution of these conventicles and attempts to break them up by military force had led to open revolt. The story is told from the point of view of Henry Morton, a moderate Presbyterian, who is unwittingly drawn into the conflict and barely escapes summary execution. In writing Old Mortality Scott drew upon the knowledge he had acquired from his researches into ballads on the subject for The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.

    A recent critic, who is a legal as well as a literary scholar, argues that Old Mortality not only reflects the dispute between Stuart's absolute monarchy and the jurisdiction of the courts, but also invokes a foundational moment in British sovereignty, namely, the Habeas Corpus Act also known as the Great Writ , passed by the English Parliament in Ivanhoe , set in 12th-century England, marked a move away from Scott's focus on the local history of Scotland.

    Based partly on Hume's History of England and the ballad cycle of Robin Hood , Ivanhoe was quickly translated into many languages and inspired countless imitations and theatrical adaptations.


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    Ivanhoe depicts the cruel tyranny of the Norman overlords Norman Yoke over the impoverished Saxon populace of England, with two of the main characters, Rowena and Locksley Robin Hood , representing the dispossessed Saxon aristocracy. When the protagonists are captured and imprisoned by a Norman baron, Scott interrupts the story to exclaim:.