Waverley Novels

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Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1871, A Bound Set of Sir Walter Scott's Waverley Novels SCOTT, Sir Walter. Waverley Novels. Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1871. Centenary Edition. Twenty-five small octavo volumes (7 3/16 x 4 3/4 inches; 182 x 121 mm). Illustrated with twenty-five engraved frontispieces and vignette title-pages. Bound ca. 1871 in full contemporary tan calf, covers double-ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, with red and green morocco gilt lettering labels, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Gilt on spines a little dull, still a very good set in a contemporary binding. "Scott's influence as a novelist was incalculable; he established the form of the historical novel, and, according to V.S. Pritchett, the form of the short story. He was avidly read and imitated throughout the 19th century, not only by historical novelists such as Ainsworth and Bulwer-Lytton, but also by writers like Mrs. Gaskell, G. Eliot, the Brontės, and many others, who treated rural themes, contemporary peasant life, regional speech, etc., in a manner that owed much to Scott. His reputation gradually declined (though his medieval and Tudor romances retained a popular readership) until there was a revival of interest...in the 1930s...In 1951 three seminal essays were published...these heralded a considerable upsurge of scholarly activity and reappraisal, most of which concurs in regarding the Scottish 'Waverley' novels as his masterpieces" (Oxford Companion to English Literature, p. 879). The publishing house of Adam and Charles Black was founded in 1807 when Adam Black opened his own bookshop shortly after his twenty-third birthday. Originally the company was based in Edinburgh where many booksellers were also publishers and all publishers were booksellers. "In printing this New Edition of the Waverley Novels, the Publishers have availed themselves of the opportunity to collate it carefully with the valuable interleaved copy in their possession, containing the Author's latest manuscript corrections and notes; and from this source they have obtained several annotations of considerable interest, not hitherto published...There have also been inserted (within brackets) some minor notes explanatory of references now rendered perhaps somewhat obscure by the lapse of time...Fortunately there is now little more required in the way of annotation to the Waveley Novels; but in order to afford every facility of reference, a special glossary has been added to such of the novels as require it, and each volumes contains a separate index: while a General Index has also been appended to the concluding volume of the series. Edinburgh, August 15, 1871" (Publisher's advertisement, volume I, p. 1).


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