“THE ROMANTIC ADVENTURER REBELLING AGAINST THE LAWS OF THE GREEDY WORLD”: FIRST EDITION OF SCOTT’S ROB ROY, 1818
SCOTT, Walter. Rob Roy. Edinburgh: James Ballantyne for Archibald Constable, et al., 1818. Three volumes. 12mo, contemporary full brown calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, green morocco spine labels. $1800.
First edition of the sixth “Waverley Novel,” in handsome contemporary calf-gilt.
"When I think of Rob Roy I am impatient with all other novels" (Robert Louis Stevenson). Scott's novel recounts the exploits of one of Scotland's greatest heroes, Robert "Rob Roy" MacGregor, "the romantic adventurer rebelling against the laws of the greedy world" (An English Library, 46). The father of the historical novel, Scott "created the Celtic Highlands in the eyes of the whole civilized world. If this be not first-rate power, it may be asked where we are to find it" (Allibone, 1977). Without scarce half titles; without fly title in Volume I. Worthington 5. Todd & Bowden 112Aa.
Interior generally fine, closed tear to pp. 161-62 in Volume III. Discoloration to front board of Volume I. A handsome copy.