Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and Hurst, Robinson, and Co., London. 1822. First Edition. 12mo, bound in early 19th-century claf over marbled paper boards, the spine ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. 313 + 334 + 349 pp., bound without half-titles, but with 2 pp ads at the rear of Vol 3. Spines faded and rubbed; light wear at edges; a very good set, tight and clean. Item #312494
¶ Historical novel by Scott, published anonymously (as by the author of "Waverly, Kenilworth", &c). Set in London in either 1623 or 1624, it centres on the Scottish community there after the Union of the Crowns and features James VI and I. Scott's main sources were Jacobean dramas and other imaginative literature of the period, but he was also well acquainted with other contemporaneous publications and more recent studies. For his depiction of James, and details of events during his reign, he was able to draw extensively on his own edition, published in 1811, of Secret History of the Court of James the First, containing a set of contemporaneous or early memoirs and histories.