(ST17640i) ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED. BINDINGS - THE CLUB BINDERY, JOHN SCHETKY, SIR WALTER SCOTT.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.
ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF WALTER SCOTT'S LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL: CONSISTING OF TWELVE VIEWS ON THE RIVERS BOTHWICK, ETTRICK, YARROW, TIVIOT, AND TWEED.

(London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1808). 285 x 220 mm. (11 1/4 x 8 1/2"). 3 p.l., 64 pp.

FINE SCARLET MOROCCO BY THE CLUB BINDERY, covers with gilt French fillet border, raised bands, French fillet spine compartments, gilt titling, gilt filigree rolls to turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With Scott's coat of arms engraved on title page, engraved vignette tailpiece on final page, and 12 HANDSOME VIEWS ENGRAVED by James Heath after designs by John Schetky, all with original tissue guards. Front pastedown with morocco bookplate of Robert Hoe, ex-libris of his son, Arthur Hoe, and bookplate of Bernadine Murphy. Todd & Bowden 33Aa. ◆A couple of leaves rather browned, one plate lightly foxed, minor offsetting from the engravings, otherwise A FINE COPY, clean and fresh internally, with generous margins and lovely impressions of the plates, in an extremely pleasing binding with virtually no wear.

Offered here in a binding done for the great collector Robert Hoe, this delightful work was a collaboration between two old friends: Scott (1771-1832), whose poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" had been a huge success from its first printing in 1802, and John Christian Schetky (1778-1874), an artist whom the poet had known since they were teenagers in Edinburgh. At the time of publication, Schetky was a young drawing master, and to provide illustrations to complement a bestselling work was quite an opportunity. He rose to the occasion, and the bucolic landscapes, stately homes, and ruins depicted here are attractively rendered and meticulously detailed. Our "Illustrations" was published separately, with each of the 12 subjects--Newark Tower, Branksome Hall, the Lands of Delorian, the Peel of Goldieland, Hawick, Melrose Abbey, the Eildon Hills, Dryhope Tower, St. Mary's Loch, Wat of Harden's Den, Hermitage Castle, and Naworth Castle--accompanied by excerpts from Scott's epic poem, along with descriptions and anecdotes about each site, written by the poet. In 1895, members of the Grolier Club, frustrated by the lack of fine binderies in the United States, organized the Club Bindery in order to attract European craftsmen to provide, close to home, fine quality binding work rivaling what was available abroad. The Club Bindery was in operation until 1909, with our former owner Robert Hoe being its most influential manager and client. It provided bindings that tended to be traditional in style and that lived up to its patrons' expectations in terms of excellence. The first members of the staff of the Club Bindery were the Englishmen R. W. Smith and Frank Mansell. They were subsequently joined by a number of French binders, chief among them being Leon Maillard, who had worked previously for Cuzin, Gruel, and Marius Michel. Our volume was later in the library of Los Angeles philanthropist and bibliophile Bernadine Murphy (1904-68), an orphan adopted into wealth, who was made a papal countess for her generosity to the Church.
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