1864 · New York
From original paintings by eminent artists — engraved under the superintendence of Charles Heath": Sir Walter Scott's beloved heroines, depicted in => 36 steel-engraved portraits. Heath, a prominent artist and engraver, illustrated a number of Scott's works during the course of his prolific career and was much noted for his work on the Waverley Novels, although for the present volume he focused on works done by other hands. The plates here, offering => a range of maidenly beauties from demure to maniacal, are each accompanied by several pages of Scott's most descriptive writing about the character portrayed. This is an early American edition, following the first London of 1840–41.
Binding: Publisher's brown morocco, BOTH covers framed and panelled in gilt and blind and with decorative gilt-stamped title and geometric motifs; spine with gilt-stamped title and gilt-framed compartments with blind-stamped motif in each. Board edges and turn-ins with gilt roll, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with pencilled inscription: "Sarah & Thomas [/] From Father E [/] 'Merry Christmas' [/] 1864." Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia. Bound as above, a little very light rubbing; gilt bright. Some offsetting to guard leaves and minimal foxing to margins of some plates — actually, remarkably little! => A clean and attractive copy of this aesthetically pleasing collection. (Inventory #: 39861)