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Ivanhoe; A Romance. By the author of "Waverley," &c. [i.e. Sir Walter Scott]
Edinburgh & London: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 90, Cheapside, London., 1820 [but 1819]. First Edition. Half-Calf. Near Fine. First Edition, Second Issue, with pp. 159-306 correctly numbered and sheets A-G of the first volume with second-issue variant press figures specified by Todd & Bowden (140Ab), but all other sheets of vol. 1, as well as those of vols. 2 and 3, of the same impression as the first issue. The second variant (no known priority) without press mark on p. iii and the first words 'St Peter' on p. iv l. 6 of vol. 1. In all three volumes, the first doubleton, consisting of half-title and title, is set in duplicate, with two settings used for all three volumes in an indiscriminate way. In this set, the exclamation mark after 'depart!' in the title quotation is over the space between 'O' and 'R' and the dash above the date measures 10 mm. Small 8vo: [6],xxxiii,[1],306; [4],327,[1]; [4],371,[1],2pp, with all half- and fly-titles, the advertisement (author's note) before the fly-title in vol. I, two pages of publisher's catalogue at end of vol. III, and "Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh" on the title-page versos. Beautifully bound in period half-calf and marbled boards, spine compartments decorated in blind with a floral tool and ruled in gilt, black leather lettering pieces gilt and volume numbers stamped in gilt. An excellent set, bindings secure, text clean with only occasional marginal finger-soiling and stains and several short closed tears, repaired archivally, with no loss. Todd and Bowden, 140Ab. Grolier English Literature 100, 71.& & For nineteenth century readers, Ivanhoe was perhaps the most celebrated of Scott's novels (according to Leslie Stephen, it was "Scott's culminating success in a book-selling sense, and marked the highest point both of his literary and social prosperity."). Before Ivanhoe, his plots were drawn from Scottish history, but Ivanhoe launched a major change, based on English history and set earlier than any novel Scott had yet written, at the time of the Crusades. Released in late December 1819 but with 1820 on the title page, the first-issue printing of 6000 copies was increased by 2000 (the second issue) in late November on the strength of advance orders, permitting a number of corrections and one important revision in the Dedicatory Epistle (v. 1, p. xv.3), from 'toilsome' to 'trivial.' "Ivanhoe is essentially a moral work. It is an intense consideration of misogyny and racial oppression, in which the attempted rape of Rebecca the Jewess by the dominant figure of the Norman master race, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, is a powerful symbol of the themes of the novel. Ivanhoe may be set in a distant period, but it has a political modernity which makes it one of the most remarkable novels of the nineteenth century." (ODNB) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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