Scott, Sir Walter
Title Quentin Durward - 3 Volumes
Book Condition Very Good+
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Archibald Constable 1823
Seller ID 002945
This three volume set, bound in half-leather is the First edition of 'Quentin Durward', one of Sir Walter Scott's forty-eight Waverly novels. The leather is bound over marbled boards and there is general wear to the set as we might expect in a book published in 1823. However , the bindings are solid and probably contemporary to the publication. There is some rubbing and there are a few small chips with one chip at the top compartment of the spine of volume three. If desired, these could be repaired. The textblocks are virtually completely clean with a spot of foxing here and there mostly at the very beginning of the volume. Most pages are absolutely clean. A couple of the gatherings in volume one are slightly out of register and extend very slightly from the fore-edge. The half-titles are not present and were probably discarded by the printer. First issue points according to Worthington and Todd and Bowden are present. Printers in those days sometimes thought of the half-titles to be wasted paper and discarded them to their scrap pile which would be sold for income for the printer. Fly-titles and all primary title pages are present. All-in-all this is a very respectable set of a very old and rare novel from the author of Ivanhoe and Waverly. This book caused quite a furor when it appeared in Paris. This sensation was very similar to the one created by 'Waverly' in Edinburgh. With Quentin Durward, for the first time Scott had ventured onto foreign ground and the French public were absolutely delighted. A lesser known but wonderful novel by "The Great Unknown". We are pleased to send pictures on request.