(Edinburgh: Printed for Longman et al. 1820). 181 x 107 mm. (7 1/8 x 4 1/4"). Three volumes. FIRST EDITION.
ATTRACTIVE CONTEMPORARY CALF, raised bands flanked by gilt rules, spine panels with gilt centerpiece comprised of small tools, each volume with two green leather labels. Worthington 10. Joints a touch flaked, a little fading along joints of volume II and fore edges, extremeties slighly rubbed and a few corners faintly bumped; upper corners of the leaves of one quire slightly darkened, otherwise only the most trivial imperfections: A VERY FINE COPY INTERNALLY.
This is an attractively bound first printings of a work by Scott, who perfected the historical novel (if he did not invent it) and who was as famous and as influential as Shakespeare to his contemporaries. "The Abbot" covers a brief period in the life of Mary Queen of Scots, including her imprisonment in Lochleven Castle, her escape, and her flight to England. (ST13165d)
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