WORKS OF WALTER SCOTT IN 60 VOLUMES
[The Works of Sir Walter Scott.] Historical Romances. Novels and Tales. Novels & Romances. Poetical Works.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., et al..., 1821-4.
60 vols., small 8vo (6.75 x 4.25 inches). Full red straight grain morocco, with gilt raised bands, blind pallets, gilt floral tooling to panels. Blind border framing superb gilt centre tool of a Scottish ruin. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Slightly spotted. Owner's stamp to title pages. Little rubbed. Overall, a very charming set.
An unusually early collection of Scott's works. This uniformly bound collection was published in four separate editions: Novels and Tales (1821, 24 vols.); Historical Romances (1822, 15 vols.); Poetical Works (1822, 8 vols.); Novels and Romances (1824, 13 vols.). One of the most popular authors of his day, Scott is considered to have perfected the format of the historical novel with his hugely influential Waverley novels. "At one blow Scott had established a new literary form; and the basic principles on which Waverley and all his subsequent novels were constructed have been disregarded only at the peril of artistic failure." (PMM)