Ivanhoe; a Romance.
In three volumes.Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co.; Hurst, Robinson and Co., London, 1820 Stock Code: 147586
Scott's masterpiece, in a contemporary bindingFirst edition, first issue, of Scott's classic novel, bound with the half-titles.
"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).
3 volumes, octavo (176 x 109 mm). Contemporary half calf, marbled sides, smooth spines lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase.
Bookplate of Samuel Ryland to front pastedowns. A very good set, spines and joints somewhat rubbed and faded, spot of wear to tips, light dampstaining and foxing to first and last pages of vol. I, endpapers foxed, contents otherwise clean and free from marks.
Todd & Bowden 140Aa.
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