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    Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe; A Romance. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. First edition with all but one of Worthington's first printing points. Three volumes; octavo (7.6875 x 4.875 inches; 194 x 120 mm.). [2, blank], [4], [xxxiii], [1]-298; [iv], [1]-327, [1, blank]; [iv], [1]-371, [1, blank], [4, ads] pages; Author's Advertisement inserted in Volume I. Publisher's original drab paper over boards; skillfully rebacked with new printed paper labels. Some moderate wear and soiling to the bindings. Previous ownership signature in the first volume, with sporadic notations in ink; a few minor occasional chips or tears in the text and a few leaves creased; some light foxing. Near fine; housed in a custom slipcase. Worthington 8, printing points listed online.

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    In volume I: pagination ends on p. 298; the signature on p. [iii] is 9; the first word on p. iv, line 6, is "Peter;" p. v, line 12, the second and fourth words are "which," not the third word as noted in Worthington, but the signature is 6; p. vi, line 14, the first word is "observed;" p. ix, line 1, there is no comma after "fought;" p. xii, line 5, there is no comma after "people;" p. xv, line 3, word six is "toilsome;" p. xvi, line 20, the first word is "ton;" there are no signatures on pp. xvi, xix, or xxiv; p. xxviii has the signature 9; p. xxx has the signature 12; and p. xxix has a comma after the word "paste" in the first line. All half-titles present, Author's Advertisement leaf in volume I, and with the two leaves of ads at the rear of volume III.

    "Ivanhoe, which appeared at the end of 1819, marked a new departure. Scott was now drawing upon his reading instead of his personal experience, and the book has not the old merit of serious portraiture of real life. But its splendid audacity, its vivid presentation of mediæval life, and the dramatic vigour of the narrative, may atone for palpable anachronisms and melodramatic impossibilities. 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" (DNB).



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