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Walter Scott. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable & Co., and Hurst, Robinson, & Co. (pr. by James Ballantyne), 1820.
Beautiful edition of gathered verses by Sir Walter Scott, containing “The Bridal of Triermain,” “Harold the Dauntless,” “William and Helen,” and what the advertisement calls “all the Smaller Pieces, collected for the first time in the recent edition of the Author’s Poems” — decorated with a fore-edge painting.
Binding: Contemporary maroon straight-grain morocco framed in wide gilt border and panelled in gilt single fillet, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorations, board edges (at corners) and turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt.
B-A Note: This is one of simpler and more lovely fore-edge paintings that I’ve seen.
Or stage-struck Juliet may presume
To choose this bower for tyring-room ;
And we alike must shun regard
From painter, player, sportsman, bard.
Insects that skim in Fashion’s sky,
Wasp, blue-bottle, or butterfly,
Lucy, have all alarms for us,
For all can hum and all can buzz.
- The Bridal of Triermain