Lot 66: Signed: Walter Scott. The Lay of the Last Minstrel
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Scott, Walter- Signed] (THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL.) Below text of last page, p350: Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co.). [350-page editions with the same printers credit were published London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809-1812.] 8vo. [dedication], [blank verso], -350pp, lacking title leaf, engr title, and a leaf that would begin "The Poem, now offered to the Public..." 8vo. Contemp half leather, spine perished, covers and first few leaves separated, foxed, occasional light pencil marginalia, minor wear to edges of first leaves. Signed by Walter Scott below the printed text of dedication page. Pencil ownership at top of dedication page: "Alfred de Groot." Same printed ownership label ("Alfred Degroot") on inserted leaf. There is no indication of who owned this copy before De Groot, but the dedication (printed) is To the Right Honourable Earl of Dalkeith (Charles William Henry Montagu-Scott). Charles Montagu-Scott, Earl of Dalkeith, named his son Walter, presumably in honor of the author Walter Scott. 1.0 Lb.