THE LADY OF THE LAKE.
Price: $250.00 USD
Place Published: Edinburgh / London
Publisher: Archibald Constable and Co. / Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown.
Date Published: 1819
Edition: Twelfth Edition
Book Id: 310805
Twelfth Edition. Crown octavo, bound in mid-19th Century pebbled dark maroon morocco, heavily gilt on upper and lower covers, the sine with raised bands & decorated gilt in compartments, gilt titles, all edges gilt, inner dentilles; by Charles Tainton, Bookbinder, 102 High Street, Worcester, with his small blindstamp to upper corner of front free endpaper. 433 pp., yellow coated endpapers. Contemporary ink inscription to verso of front free endpaper, faint ink name to head of title leaf. Two tiny scuffed spots at base of front & rear hinges at spine base; a fine, bright copy in a remarkable and highly interesting period binding.
Scott's most famous poem and influential narrative poem, originally issued in 1810. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men to win the love of a woman; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the lowland Scots and the highland clans. The poem was tremendously influential in the nineteenth century, and inspired the Highland Revival. Little is known of Charles Tainton; he seems to have been a small provincial binder who worked in Worcester from at least 1851 (he is listed in Lascelle's Directory of that year) until 1862, when a bankruptcy notice for his bindery can be found in The London Gazette of June 20th of that year..