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The Monastery, a Romance
for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, Edinburgh 1820 - Small Octavo. . In three volumes. 331, 333 and [351]pp. Half-titles in all volumes (vol. I after introduction). The story revolves around the Abbey of Kennaquhair, which Scott based on Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders. As the Reformation takes hold, the monastic community comes increasingly under threat from the new doctrines. The hero, Halbert Glendinning is the son of a soldier who has died fighting for the monastery. He and his brother Edward are brought up within the grounds of Kennaquhair along with the orphan Mary Avenel, who has been cheated out of her inheritance by her uncle Julian, a ruthless Border Baron. Both brothers are in love with Mary. Scott urgently needed money as his son Walter had received an army commission and needed funds to cover his initial expenses. He was working on Ivanhoe at the time and to be published by another publisher. The Monastery was first published in Edinburgh on 23 March and not until 30 March in London. With the advent of the war Scottish banks were feeling the crunch and paper seemed to be scarce during this period. He held off publishing Ivanhoe just for a while and decided to publish The Monastery first. Bound by Carss of Glasgow in light brown polished calf over marbled paper covered boards, black morocco spine labels gilt spines decorated in gilt and blind, covers rubbed, minor wear or bumping to corners, volume three with an old corner repair to last leaf affected a few words. Contemporary owner's bookplate Alexander Millar, Esq. who lived in Scotland and was a book collector who's name appears several times as a book subscriber, with Elisabeth H. Millers' name at head of title page. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Alcuin Books, ABAA]
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