IVANHOE; A Romance. By "The Author of Waverley," &c.

Scott Sir Walter]

Published by Edinburgh Archibald Constable and Co. 1820, 1820
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3 volumes. First Edition, with all half-titles present, page 159 numbered correctly. 8vo, contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, the spines with double gilt ruled bands separating the compartments, contrasting red and black morocco lettering labels to each volume, stamped in gilt, the compartments with central gilt ornamental devices. [vi] xxxiii, [blank] 298; [iv], 327; [iv], 371, [blank], 3 ads pp. A handsome set, well preserved in its original bindings, hinges a bit rubbed from use but strong and tight, text-blocks in good order, internally quite clean and fresh, the contemporary bindings with some light expected age or light rubbing from use, a bit of wear at the extremities or tips. A pleasing set in its original state and quite scarce thus. FIRST EDITION OF THIS QUITE SCARCE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK. This set with all half-titles present as is often not the case. The best of Scottís historical novels and by far his most famous work. This was Scott's culminating success in a book-selling sense, and marked the highest point both of his literary career and his social prosperity." He was already considered to be the inventor of the historical novel and the success of his Waverley series was immediate and long lasting throughout the English speaking world. Sir Walter Scottís romantic tale of the conflict between the Normans and the Saxons is among the most highly regarded works of historical fiction. Among other things, it is one of the earliest tales to so closely associate the legendary figure of Robin Hood as playing a major role in the removal or Prince John from the throne he had stolen from his half-brother Richard the Lionhearted. The culmination of the tale is, in essence, the birth of modern Britain. Yet in spite of the grand nature of the events, Ivanhoe is largely a tale of love- Man and women, father and daughter, king and country. First editions of Sir Walter Scottís heroic tale are becoming as hard to find as Prince Johnís heart. PMM includes Sir Walter Scott for all of his historical novels beginning with "Waverly" and notes that he is the originator of the entire genre and the historical novel's inventor. His books gained immediate popularity on a wide scale and are still printed to this day. Ivanhoe is considered the greatest of all the novels that Scott penned. First editions are of great importance and a cornerstone of any collection of English language literature. Bookseller Inventory # 26970

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Title: IVANHOE; A Romance. By "The Author of ...

Publisher: Edinburgh Archibald Constable and Co. 1820

Publication Date: 1820

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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