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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

 
Sir Walter Scott British Poet and Novelist,
 

Sir Walter Scott British Poet and Novelist was the author of:

"The Waverley novels" Edinburgh Edition, Cadell Co., 1829

Sir Walter Scott is considered to be the father of both the regional and the historical novel

 

 

 

 A dramatic Roadshow discovery was this, a signed 'Edinburgh Edition' of the Waverley Novels. It is the first critical edition of Sir Walter Scott's fiction and a very rare book indeed. To top it all, this work is inscribed by the author Sir Walter Scott himself.

 

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Sir Walter Scott letter
Waverley Novels Walter Scott
Sir Walter Scott letter
 
 

The letter reads: For Mrs Phyn and all the young ladies under her ......cary of education with the best wishes of the author

Abbotsford 29 October 1830

 

 

 

 The first novel called ' Waverley" was signed, dedicated and inscribed to the original owner Mrs Sarah Phyn in 1830 and a hand written letter also signed by Sir Walter Scott from Abbotsford 29th October 1830 accompanied the treasure. This book is special because it was the precursor to literary change in the world. In one fell swoop, Walter Scott had invented a brand new style which was to become the archetype of the historical novel throughout the world.

This series of books was to influence generations of writers and earned Walter Scott his well earned reputation as the founder of the historical novel.

 

*Best known works amongst this series. You will know them: Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Keniworth, the Pirate, the Abbot, Tales of the Crusaders

 

 

 

About the Waverley Novels:

 Published in 60 volumes, this is the first rare collected edition of the book. It has engraved frontispieces and vignette title pages in each volume. 12mo (in sixes), contemporary half calf & marbled boards gilt lettered on spines and decorated raised bands..

 

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Books in the Series: Waverley Novels

   

Waverley - or - Tis Sixty Years

Guy Mannering - or - The Astrologer

The Antiquary 1816

Tales of My Landlord - 1st series:

The Black Dwarf 1816

The Tale of Old Mortality 1816

Rob Roy 1818

Tales of my Landlord - 2nd series:

The Heart of Midlothian 1818

Tales of my Landlord - 3rd series:

The Bride of Lammermoor 1819

Ivanhoe 1819

The Monastery 1820

The Abbot 1820

Kenilworth 1821

The Pirate 1822

The Fortunes of Nigel 1822

Peveril of the Peak 1822

Quentin Durward 1823

St. Ronan's Well 1824

Redgauntlet 1824

Tales of the Crusaders

The Betrothed 1825

The Talisman 1825

Woodstock - or - The Cavalier 1826

Chronicles of the Canongate - 2nd series

St Valentine's Day - or - The Fair Maid of Perth 1828

Anne of Geierstein - or - The Maiden in the Mist 1829

Tales of my Landlord - 4th series:

Count Robert of Paris 1831

Castle Dangerous 1831

     

 

 


Biography of Sir Walter Scott:

 

 Born the son of an Edinburgh lawyer, Walter Scott was born in College Wynd, Edinburgh at the top of Guthrie Street and was raised at 25 George Square, where the family lived until the death of Walter Scott, Senior.

The young Walter Scott attended the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh and was called to the bar in 1792.

Walter Scott married Charlotte Mary Carpenter in 1797 and moved to a house in Castle Street, Edinburgh before moving to Ashestiel on the Tweed in 1804.

 

Abbotsford on the Tweed

 

 

 

 

< Abbotsford on the Tweed, which became Sir Walter Scotts country home was purchased in 1812.

 Walter Scott continued his legal career, at the same time making his name as a collector and editor of ballads ( Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border ), 3 vols 1802-1803) and a poet ( Lay of the Last Minstrel , 1805, etc.); he was a lifelong friend and collaborator of James Hogg ('The Ettrick Shepherd') and of Professor John Wilson ('Christopher North').

 

 In 1812  Walter Scott became a partner in James Ballantyne's printing business in 1809 and purchased the house, Abbotsford on the Tweed.

 

 

Abbotsford on the Tweed,
Walter Scotts study in Abbotsford

  In 1829,at Abbotsford on the Tweed, Sir Walter Scott wrote the general preface to the Waverley Novels as part of the 'Magnum Opus,' the definitive version of the Waverley Novels.


  Sir Walter Scott remains one of Scotland's greatest men of letters. His influence was as far reaching as his works were commercially successful - His poetry earned him an offer of the laureateship, which he refused and was considered totally original in style among the Romantics

Portrait of Sir Walter Scott

 

Walter Scotts study in Abbotsford on the Tweed

and likely the very desk from

which Scott wrote the letter to Mrs Phyn

Portrait of Sir Walter Scott

Engraved by J Thomson after J Graham from the book

National Portrait Gallery

 

 

 

Sir Walter Scott at his desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

< Sir Walter Scott with his dog Hinse engraved by Robert Charles Bell after Sir John Watson Gordon (Scottish National Portrait Gallery)

Sir Walter Scott with Hinse

 Walter Scotts first novels ("Waverley", 1814, etc.) were published anonymously, but he had to use the security of his copyrights, as well as the publication of the later novels, to meet the debts incurred as a result of the failure in 1826 of 'Constable and Ballantyne,' his publisher as well as his business partner.

 Walter Scott masterminded the visit to Edinburgh in 1822 of King George IV and did much to create the historically romantic image of Scotland enjoyed by the Victorians and later generations.

John BALLANTYNE (1774-1821), was the printer of the Waverley novels

 

 

 

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Bibliography:  Sir  Walter  Scott

Walter Scott is also remembered for his support for the retention of low - denomination bank notes.

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Books, Novels and Published works:

Books: By Sir Walter Scott

Waverley (1814) aka Tis Sixty Years Since

Guy Mannering (1815)

The Antiquary (1816)

Rob Roy (1817)

Old Mortality: Tales of My Landlord (1816)

The Black Dwarf: Tales of My Landlord (1816)

A Legend of Montrose (1819)

The Bride of Lammermoor (1819)

The Heart of Midlothian (1818)

Ivanhoe (1819)

The Monastery (1820)

The Abbot (1820)

Kenilworth (1821)

Pirate (1822)

The Fortunes of Nigel (1822)

Peveril Of The Peak (1823)

Quentin Durward (1823)

St. Ronan's Well (1823)

Redgauntlet: A Tale Of The Eighteenth Century (1824)

Woodstock: Or The Cavalier (1826)

Tales of the Crusaders - The Talisman (1825)

The Fair Maid of Perth: or St. Valentine's Day Chronicles of the Canongate

Second Series

and The Antiquary (1828)

Anne of Geierstein: or The Maiden of the Mist

(1829)

Count Robert Of Paris (1832)

The Highland Widow (1827)

The Surgeon's Daughter (1827)

Tales of the Crusaders - The Betrothed (1825)

Short stories: By Sir Walter Scott

 Rokeby (excerpt) (1813)  

 Narrative of a Fatal Event (1818)  

 Wandering Willie's Tale (1824)  

 The Two Drovers (1827)  

 The Bridal of Janet Dalrymple  

 Redgauntlet (excerpt)  

 The Tale of the Mysterious Mirror  

 The Tapestried Chamber  

Novels By Sir Walter Scott

The Eve of St. John (1800)

Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1803)

The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)

Marmion (1808)

The Lady in the Lake (1810)

The Bridal of Triermain (1813)

Rokeby (1813)

Halidon Hill (1822)

Chronicles of the Canongate (1827)

Castle Dangerous (1831)

 

Collections: By Sir Walter Scott

 

Ballads and Lyrical Pieces (1806)

Selected Poems (poems) (1972)

The Supernatural Stories of Sir Walter Scott (1977)

Non fiction: By Sir Walter Scott

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, Emperor of the

French (1827)

Waverley Anecdotes: Illustrating some of the Popular Characters, Scenes and Incidents in the Novels and Romances of Sir Walter Scott (1890)

 

Anthologies containing stories by Sir Walter Scott

A Century of Thrillers: From Poe to Arlen (1934)

The Mystery Book (1934)

The Great Book of Thrillers (1935)

A Century of Ghost Stories (1936)

Great British Tales of Terror: Gothic Stories of Horror

and Romance 1765-1840 (1972)

The 12th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1976)

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984)

Great Short Stories of the World (1986)

The World's Library of Best Books Volume Two (1989)

The Open Door: And Other Ghost Stories (1990)

Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1993)

Vampires, Wine and Roses (1997)

100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998)

 

Subjective books about Sir Walter Scott

The Laird of Abbotsford: A View of Sir Walter Scott (1980) by A N Wilson

The Civilized Imagination: A Study of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Sir Walter Scott (1985) by Daniel Cottom

 

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