Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell NEAR-PERFECT, ANTIQUE MINIATURE BOOK! N.d. (ca. 1920's) Tartan silk cloth (the Scott Tartan?); leather spine label, gilt titles; pictorial e.p's. 256 pp.; frontis portr.; numerous plates from old engravings. Only the merest bit of wear to cloth at one corner, label starting les than a trifle, else nearly new copy of this 80 year old miniature. Scott's epic poem of 16th C. Scotland in miniature format. The typography is suprisingly legible for this 3.5" high, wee book! . First Edition Thus. Silk Tartan Over Boards. Near Fine. Illus. by MacWhirter. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. Miniature Book.
Sir Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh in 1771. Educated for the law, he obtained the office of sheriff-depute of Selkirkshire in 1799 and in 1806 the office of clerk of session, a post whose duties he fulfilled for some twenty-five years. His lifelong interest in Scottish antiquity and the ballads which recorded Scottish history led him to try his hand at narrative poems of adventure and action. The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Marmion (1808), and The Lady of the Lake (1810) made his reputation as one of the leading poets of his time. A novel, Waverley , which he had begun in 1805, was published anonymously in 1814. Subsequent novels appeared with the note “by the author of Waverley”; hence his novels often are called collectively “the Waverley novels.” Some of the most famous of these are Old Mortality (1816), Rob Roy (1817), Ivanhoe (1819), Kenilworth (1821), and Quentin Durward (1823). In recognition of his literary work Scott was made a baronet in 1819. During his last years he held various official positions and published biographies, editions of Swift and Dryden, tales, lyric poetry, and various studies of history and antiquity. He died in 1832. ...
Ivanhoe is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was written in 1819 and set in 12th century England, an example of historical fiction. Ivanhoe is sometimes given credit for helping to increase popular interest in the Middle Ages in 19th century Europe and America. John Henry Newman claimed that Scott "had first turned men's minds in the direction of the middle ages," while Carlyle and Ruskin made similar claims to Scott's overwhelming influence over the revival, due primarily to the publication of this novel....
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