London: Bickers & Son, 1881. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (22 x 14.5cm), pp. viii, , 344, 2, blank] including frontispiece + 11 black and white plates; brown leather boards sympathetically re-backed; spine banded and with blind detailing, black label with lettering and border in gilt, floral devices in gilt between bands; double border on the cover and detailing to edges in gilt; blind detailing to the inner edges of the boards; marbled edges of text block and endpapers.
Sympathetic new spine; gilt edges a little dull; corners gently bruised and abraded; boards are gently scratched, nicked and marked; inner edges of boards have darkened a little; top edge of text block a little dust toned, top and bottom edge a little muted in comparison to the bottom edge, two distinct vertical brown spots (both roughly 15 x 8mm) halfway down the fore edge; previous owner’s bookplate and previous seller’s sticker adhered to first paste-down; toning to the outer 5mm of the ffep and frontispiece; endpapers lightly creased along gutter which has caused slight colour loss, recent repair to ffep; frontispiece is firmly attached but has cracked along gutter; small (5mm in diameter) black thumb mark at the top of the outer margin of page 23; moderate spotting until page 5 and on the last three pages, light spotting (mostly along top margin) from pp. 5-23 and pp. 320-343, occasional spotting from pp. 23- 320; pages are a little yellowed with age, otherwise mostly clean throughout. The free endpapers match in design but not in texture, suggesting one (perhaps the last) is newer than the other. Item #1002
A selection of Sir Walter Scott’s (1771-1832) work chosen, “with the purpose of inducing and cultivating a taste,” in the Waverley Novels. This sympathetically restored copy contains tales of, among others, Mary Queen of Scots, Macbeth and Robin Hood.