London: Published by the author, 1845-1852. Hardcover. An impressive work with 240 steel engravings taken from Billings's exquisite architectural drawings of Scotland's splendid castles, cathedrals, and churches. Robert William Billings (1812 – 1874) was a British architect and author. He trained as a topographical draughtsman, wrote and illustrated many books early in his career, before concentrating on his architectural practice. . He produced important works on Carlisle Cathedral and Durham Cathedral, published in 1840 and 1843, and Illustrations of the Architectural Antiquities of the County of Durham (1846). The work for which he became best known was The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland, published in four volumes between 1845 and 1852, which contained 240 illustrations, with explanatory text. The work was a great success and was reprinted several times. In the 1901 edition it was revealed that all the commentaries were written by John Hill Burton, the edition included a foreword by Robert Rowand Anderson. Anderson wrote in the foreword of the work being "in the front rank of Architectural publications, and from this position it has yet to be displaced." [Wikipedia] Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown pebbled cloth covers. Spine with five raised bands, titling and small ornaments in gilt. Leather is scraped, rubbed and bumped. Joints are rubbed and hinges are tender. All edges gilt. Evidence of ex-library with probable removal of signout card on rear free endpaper and unobtrusive date stamp on ffep. Text blocks tight. Interior pages of engravings are near fine. Each is protected by a tissue guard. Large quartos. Unpaginated, with engravings and variable explanatory texts. Very good condition. ARCH/042822. Very Good+.
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London: James Woodman, 1722. Hardcover. One of 250 copies printed for subscribers. There is preface that includes "A Dissertation, wherein some Passages of these Memoirs are illustrated. With a Digression containing serveral curious Observations concerning the Antiquities of Ireland. Bound in contemporary brown leather with scuffing, small tears, and bumping. With gilt titling and ornaments to spine. The front cover is detached although holding slightly to a torn piece from the title page. Pages are aged, and there is offsetting from the text of one page onto another. This does not affect legibility of text. Small ownership signature to title page. Still a nice copy of this scarce 18th century title. Octavo. 259 pages. ENGHIST/040122. Very Good -.
Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1838. Hardcover. Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border is an anthology of Border ballads, together with some from north-east Scotland and a few modern literary ballads, edited by Walter Scott. It was first published in 1802, but was expanded in several later editions, reaching its final state in 1830, two years before Scott's death. It includes many of the most famous Scottish ballads, such as The Young Tamlane, The Twa Corbies, The Douglas Tragedy,The Wife of Usher's Well, The Cruel Sister, The Dæmon Lover, and Thomas the Rhymer. Scott enlisted the help of several collaborators, and found his ballads both by field research of his own and by consulting the manuscript collections of others. Controversially, in the editing of his texts he preferred literary quality over scholarly rigour, but Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border nevertheless attracted high praise from the first. It was influential both in Britain and on the Continent, and helped to decide the course of Scott's later career as a poet and novelist [Wikipedia]. Each ballad is accompanied by a history and explanation of the ballad's origin and meaning. This is a later edition published in English by a French publisher. It is bound in three quarter dark brown leather with green cloth covers. Spines have red title labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, bumped and worn, and the green cloth is darkened along the spine. Hinges a bit tender. The interior pages are very good with occasional light spotting and dampstain to the top margin of the first few pages of Volume I. Measures 5 x 8.5 inches. Volume I: 313 pages; Volume II: 324 pages. SCOT/092021. Very Good.