Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1869. Octavo : pp (7) 8-736 : 7 plates : photograph of Stirling Castle pasted in as frontis (faded) : wooden boards : "Warranted wood grown on Abbey Craig, the site of the Wallace monument" stamped to tail of top board : gilt framed captioned photograph of Stirling Castle on leather on-lay to top board (also faded) : gilt framed captioned photograph of Abbey Craig on wood [?] inlay on lower board : leather spine with five raised bands ; silk headband (partially perished) : watered silk endpaper to front pastedown (final free endpaper has been pasted to board) : a.e.g.
First and last couple of gatherings are foxed with occasional foxmark otherwise throughout; gilt to the tail of textblock is rubbed; head of the spine is chipped; lower board has a 4mm divot in lower quadrant towards the fore-edge; other minor scuff marks to boards; the leather on-lay has rippled; gift inscription from William Kidston to Maggie Scott on front free endpaper dated July 1873; "sold by R.S. Shearer" stamped to the tail of the frontis. Good. Item #2186
Mid nineteenth century collections of Scott's work are not uncommon, but this binding is a lovely example of publishers and booksellers taking advantage of local tourism and the newly erected Wallace monument. R.S. Shearer of Stirling was one such, publishing guides and panoramas of Central Scotland and the Trossachs and selling this collected works with its cover images of Abbey Craig and Stirling Castle. Binding the book in 'warranted wood' grown on Abbey Craig (where the Wallace Monument had just been erected) is an entertaining marketing gimmick.
This copy is a courting gift from the man who would become the 17th premier of Queensland, The Honourable William Kidston (1849-1919), to Margaret Scott. Kidston began life as an ironmoulder in Scotland but emigrated to New South Wales in 1882 after marrying "Maggie" in 1874. They moved to Rockhampton in 1883 where Kidston started a new career as a bookseller before becoming the main figure in the local Australian Labour Federation. He was elected as an endorsed Labour candidate in 1896 and 1899 found himself treasurer in the world's first parliamentary labour government. He became premier in Queensland in 1906, resigned and was re-elected in 1908 and then served until 1911.