Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 3 volumes: 298  pp.; 327 pp.; 371 pp. The three volumes are three half-bound in green morocco over textured green cloth with twin gold rules on the borders on both front and rear boards, spine with 5 gilt raised bands and gilt design and lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Bound by Riviere & Son with later professional strengthening to the joints. Lacking the half-titles in volume 1 and volume 2, advertisements at the end of volume 3 are not bound in (fly titles present in all 3 volumes). Volumes 2 and 3 correspond to the first issue of the first edition as specified in Todd & Bowden. Volume 1 has the pagination error indicative of the first edition and 'toilsome' at xv.3 which is indicative of the first issue; however, the figures called for on the sheets vary between what is specified for the first and second issue (sheets A, F, I-P, and S-Y correspond to what is called for in the first issue, sheets B-E and G correspond to what is called for in the second issue, and sheets Q and R do not correspond to any in Todd & Bowden). An attractive set of Scott's best known novel, a historical romance set in 12th century England. Worthington (8); Todd & Bowden 140Aa. Very Good. Item #00007161
The green leather has mellowed to a rich brown on the spines, a few traces of rubbing and trivial wear to the boards, the vast majority of the leaves are quite clean (a few have hints of foxing).