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Life of Mary, Queen of Scots, The
, 1818. 1818. first edition. Magnificently BoundMunificently Extra-IllustratedCHALMERS, George. The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots; Drawn from the State Papers. With Six Subsidiary Memoirs illustrated with Ten Plates of Medals, Portraits, and Prospects. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for John Murray, 1818. First edition, extra-illustrated. Two quarto volumes (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 in; 263 x 200 mm). ix, [3], 499, [1]; [2], 502 pp. Ten plates as issued, plus extra-illustrated with seventy fine engraved plates with tissue guards, of which thirteen are hand-colored. The extra-illustrations include works by Bartlett, Turner, Allom, etc., most contemporary with or earlier to the title under notice. Bound by Bayntun of Bath c. 1915 in full wine crushed morocco with gilt-ruled border enclosing a panel of gilt and black borders with gilt corner-pieces. Gilt and black ruled compartments. Gilt-ruled turn-ins with gilt corner ornaments. All edges gilt. A very fine set. Each volume housed in a specially made contemporary half crimson calf slipcase.George Chalmers (1742-1825) was a Scottish antiquarian and political writer. In August 1786, Chalmers, a Royalist, was appointed chief clerk to the committee of Privy Council on matters relating to trade, an office which he held until his death in 1825, a period. As his official duties made no great demands on his time, he had abundant leisure to devote to his favorite studies - the antiquities and topography of Scotland having his special attention. His Life of Mary, Queen of Scots was based upon a manuscript left by John Whitaker, the historian of Manchester, which Chalmers rewrote almost in full. Mary's history occupied much of his attention, and his last work, A Detection of the Love Letters lately attributed in Hugh Campbell's work to Mary Queen of Scots (1825), is an exposure of an attempt to represent as genuine some fictitious letters said to have passed between Mary and Bothwell.
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