Waverley Novels (Twenty-four Volumes)SCOTT, Sir Walter
With introductory essays and notes by Andrew Lang.
London: John. C. Nimmo and Macmillan and Co., Limited.. 1898-1906.
Twenty four volumes. Large type Border edition. 8vo (195x130mm). Maroon half morocco, red cloth boards. Five raised bands, decorated with tripled rule line and thistle device. Compartments with single ruled line border. Lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. A beautiful binding in excellent condition with some rubbing and shelfwear to extremities. Contents are in fine condition. Some pages unopened. Foredges untrimmed. Illustrated throughout with very good engravings. The Large Type Border Edition is one of the most attractive of the very many Scott editions with its clear type, wide margins and excellent engraved plates and in this handsome binding this is a very attractive set. The Border Edition was an update on the Magnum Opus edition (the first full and the definitive edition of Scott’s works) with new material researched by Andrew Lang and was published by two different publishers in the 24 Volume Edition, John C Nimmo (1898-1900) & Macmillan (1900-1906). This set is made up of volumes from both editions but as the format is identical (apart from the publishers’ details on the title page) this does not affect the quality or the attractiveness of the set. Lang was perhaps the foremost champion of Scott’s work at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to this edition of the novels, he published an edition of the Poems and Ballads, a biography of Scott and the celebrated defence of writer in his “Sir Walter Scott And The Border Minstrelsy”.