The Lord of the Isles; a poem. The fourth edition.

  • Scott, Sir Walter
  • Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company [et al.] 1815
  • Todd & Bowden 81Af.


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8vo, [viii], 443, [1]. Near-contemporary navy calf, spine divided by raised bands tooled in gilt, two compartments lettered in gilt, the others tooled in gilt and blind, boards elaborately decorated with a series of blind patterned frames enclosing a central panel scalloped in blind, the whole bordered with gilt rules and corner pieces, marbled edges and endpapers, blue silk bookmark ribbon. A little light spotting. Spine slightly faded and rubbed. Ink gift inscription signed ‘William Henniker 1829’ to front flyleaf.


A handsome example of the 'fourth edition', in fact the third, because the previous two were separate issues of the same printing, as per Todd & Bowden. The six cantos, which Scott claimed would be 'my last poetical adventure at least upon a large scale' describe the return of Robert the Bruce from exile and his successful efforts to regain control of Scotland from the English, culminating in the Battle of Bannockburn.

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