1811 Rare Book in a beautiful binding ~ The LADY OF THE LAKE by Sir Walter Scott Illustrated by Richard Westall.
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Author: Scott, Sir Walter. (Richard Westall, illustrator).
Title: The Lady of the Lake, a Poem by Walter Scott, Esq. Illustrated with Engravings from the designs of Richard Westall, Esq. R.A.
Publisher: London, John Sharpe, 1811. First Richard Westall illustrated edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 8.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: 433 pages + publisher's catalog.
Binding: Attractive and very good full morocco leather binding (small split at the lower part of the front hinge but hinges still very tight and secure - as shown, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. All edges gilt. A very beautiful contemporary morocco binding!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, some light foxing and toning of the pages - as shown, beautiful ex-libris of Richard Torin of Englefield Green, Surrey on the first endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with all the beautiful six plates & the title vignette by Richard Westall.
The book: Beautiful and attractive First Richard Westall illustrated edition of Walter Scott's poem Lady of the Lake. Published one year after the first edition published in 1810. It is set in the Trossachs region of Scotland, it is composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. There are voluminous antiquarian notes. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men, Roderick Dhu, James Fitz-James, and Malcolm Graeme, to win the love of Ellen Douglas; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the Lowland Scots (led by James V) and the Highland clans (led by Roderick Dhu of Clan Alpine). The poem was tremendously influential in the nineteenth century and inspired the Highland Revival.
The author: Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet 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 Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.
The illustrator: Richard Westall RA (2 January 1765 – 4 December 1836) was an English painter and illustrator of portraits, historical and literary events, best known for his portraits of Byron. He was also Queen Victoria's drawing master.
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