HANDSOME LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF SCOTT’S ILLUSTRATED STUDY OF SCOTTISH SCENERY AND ANTIQUITIES, INCLUDING 12 PLATES BY J.M.W. TURNER
SCOTT, Walter. Provincial Antiquities and Picturesque Scenery of Scotland. London: John and Arthur Arch; Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1826. Two volumes in one. Folio (11 by 13 inches), contemporary full brown cloth gilt, top edges gilt. $2500.
Large-paper first edition in book form of Scott’s richly illustrated work on Scottish scenery and antiquities, with two engraved title pages and 50 steel-engraved plates after Turner, Blore, Cooke, Le Keux and others.
Originally issued in ten parts from 1819-26, this work marks the first appearance of J.M.W. Turner’s art in a Scott enterprise. Subjects of the detailed and subtle engravings include Scottish regalia, castles, towns and historic sites, each fully described. In addition to Turner, seven other artists were engaged as well as 14 master engravers. “Scott refused payment for Provincial Antiquities, [but] once the success of the title was assured, the publishers presented him with some of the original drawings” (Todd & Bowden 132Ab). Lowndes, 2227. Allibone, 1973. Gift inscriptions.
Plates and text fine, cloth mildly worn and soiled. Near-fine condition.