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    Sir Walter Scott's Historical Novel

    [Sir Walter Scott]. Ivanhoe; a Romance. By "The Author of Waverley," &c. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and Hurst, Robinson, and Co....London, 1820. First edition, second issue of Volume I. Three octavo volumes (6.6875 x 4.5625 inches; 173 x 115 mm.). [2, title], [2, "Advertisement," verso blank], xxxiii, [1, blank], 158, 151-298; [2, title], 327, [1, blank]; [2, title], 372, [1, blank] plus 3, [1, blank] publisher's advertisements. Bound without the half-titles. Printer's imprint on verso of the title-page: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh.
    Contemporary calf. Smooth spines divided into compartments by decorative gilt rules, with red leather labels decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt and the volume number stamped in gilt within a gilt oval; board edges decoratively ruled in gilt; edges sprinkled red. Joints of all three volumes appear to have been almost invisibly repaired (or possibly rebacked, with original spines laid down?); a few corners lightly bumped; endleaves and flyleaves browned at the edges browned from turn-in glue. Volume I front joint still cracking. Volume II has area of surface loss along outer edge of back cover; small hole at foot of spine. Volume III joints split at top and bottom; area of surface loss and area of slight mildew on front cover; small wormhole to lower front joint.
    Some light foxing and occasional soiling or staining; several corners lightly creased by a reader; a few tiny marginal tears or paper flaws. Some leaves browned more than others, due to the various paper stocks used. Volume III has dampstaining to lower portion of textblock throughout, heavier toward the end; one-and-one-half-inch tear to upper margin of A6 (pages 11/12), affecting the first line of text, but with no loss; A8 (pages 15/16) poorly opened, even though the leaves have been trimmed; small abrasion on page 161 affecting "VOL." at foot of page, with the piece present and adhered to page 160, partially concealing the last two words in the last line; vertical crease to N12 (pages 207/208), affecting a few letters, but with no loss; small wormtrack in lower gutter of leaves P8-R3 (pages 239-262). Overall, a very good copy (Volume III good only). From the library of John Carroll Collins.

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    "'Ivanhoe' which appeared at the end of 1819 [December 18], marked a new departure. Scott was now drawing upon his reading instead of his personal experience...The story at once achieved the popularity which it has always enjoyed, and was more successful in England than any of the so-called 'Scottish novels.' It was Scott's culminating success in a bookselling sense and marked the highest point both of his literary and his social prosperity" (Leslie Stephen in D.N.B.).

    "The initial arrangements for and early publication history of Ivanhoe, as detailed by Jane Millgate and Graham Tulloch, again represent a frantic endeavour to keep a suddenly popular novel constantly in print, here by proceeding through two 'first' and two 'second' editions, all sharing some type in common. Though the original printing was of 6,000 copies only, even before first issue the press-runs were twice extended and soon reached a total of 10,000...A year later a new type-setting for a third edition was required, and in 1822 this novel appropriately became the first in a new collected series entitled Historical Romances" (Todd and Bowden, page 503).

    Grolier, 100 English, 71. Todd and Bowden, Sir Walter Scott, 140Aa and 140Ab. Van Antwerp 9. Worthington 8.

    Second issue of Volume I, with the following points (according to Worthington):

    the pagination ends on p. 298; there is no forme-mark on page [iii]; the first words on page iv, line 6, are "St Peter;" on page v, line 12, the fourth word is "which," and there is no forme-mark; on page vi, line 14, the first word is "you;" on page ix, line 1, there is a comma after "fought;" on page xii, line 5, there is a comma after "people;" page xv, line 3, word six is "trivial;" page xvi, line 20, the first word is "on;" the forme-mark on page xvi is 10, page xix is 7, and page xxiv is 3; pages xxviii and xxx have no forme-mark; and page xxix there is no comma after the word "paste" in the first line.


    In this copy, in Volumes I and II, the dash above the date measures 13 mm. and the exclamation mark after "depart" (in the title quotation) is over the second "R" in "PRIOR;" in Volume III the dash measures 10 mm. and the exclamation mark is over the space between the "O" and "R."

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