The Antiquary by Scott, Sir Walter - 1892

The Antiquary by Scott, Sir Walter - 1892


The Antiquary by Scott, Sir Walter

Hardcover 1892 John W. Lovell Company,   New York, NY.

Oxford Edition, first printing. Green hardcover, cloth. Decorated, gilt to spine. Pages clean and br Front and rear end papers. Boards have rubbing and bumped corners. Slight wear to spine heels Solid hinges. Binding is tight and square. Frontispiece illustration. Clean, tight copy. 5" x 7 1/2" 409 pages. VG condition.

Scott was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include “Ivanhoe”, “Rob Roy”, “Old Mortality”, “The Lady of the Lake”, “Waverley”, “The Antiquarian” and “The Bride of Lammermoor.” Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire.  A prominent member of the Tory establishment in Edinburgh, Scott was an active member of the Highland Society, served a long term as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1820–32) and was a Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1827-1829).  He had a deep interest in Scottish history and his knowledge of antiquarian lore. The technique of the omniscient narrator and the use of regional speech, localized settings, sophisticated character delineation, and romantic themes treated in a realistic manner were all combined by him into virtually a new literary form, the historical novel.  His influence on other European and American novelists was immediate and profound, and though interest in some of his books declined somewhat in the 20th century, his reputation remains secure.

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