"SCOTT'S INFLUENCE AS A NOVELIST WAS INCALCULABLE": DESIRABLE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF SIR WALTER SCOTT
SCOTT, Walter. Novels and Tales. Twelve volumes. WITH: Historical Romances. Six volumes. WITH: Novels and Romances. Seven volumes. WITH: Tales and Romances. Fourteen volumes. WITH: Introductions and Notes and Illustrations, to the Novels, Tales, and Romances. Two volumes. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable, 1819, 1822, 1824, 1827, 1833. Together, 41 volumes. Octavo, contemporary full blind-stamped tan calf gilt sympathetically rebacked, raised bands, brown morocco labels, marbled endpapers and edges. $4800.
First collected edition of the beloved novels of Sir Walter Scott, each volume with lovely engraved title-page vignette, handsomely bound in full calf-gilt.
"Sir Walter Scott was a renowned poet and novelist who achieved major success during his lifetime. His interest in writing historical novels, and particularly those with Scottish themes such as 'Waverley', has had a major influence on the perception of Scotland" (National Galleries Scotland). "Scott's influence as a novelist was incalculable; he established the form of the historical novel, and… the form of the short story" (Drabble, 879). A few volumes in each section with one or two additional copper-engraved illustrations, not called for. Lowndes, 2225.
Some scattered light foxing, interiors generally quite bright, light wear to handsome contemporary calf. A handsome set in extremely good condition.