- Waverley novels 1818-1819
[Sir Walter Scott]. Rob Roy. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1818. Three volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
Rob Roy takes place just before the
Jacobite rising of 1715 and tells the story of Francis Osbaldistone, the son of
a wealthy London merchant. In search of a debt stolen from his father, he
travels north, encountering the singular Scotsman Rob Roy Macgregor, who,
though not the major character is integral to the plot’s development.
Rob Roy was an immense commercial and
critical success. The first edition of 10,000 copies – a huge figure for the
time – sold out within two weeks. By this time Scott’s success as a novelist
had eclipsed his vogue as a poet, writing his final long poem, Harold the dauntless, in the same year. Rob Roy remains one of his most widely
read and translated works today.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Tales of my landlord: second series. 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company, 1818. Four volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
The Heart of Midlothian was published as the second
series of Tales of my landlord. The
story takes its name from the old Edinburgh Tolbooth, or prison and opens with
a vivid depiction of the Porteous riot of 1736.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Tales of my landlord: second series. 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company, 1818. Four volumes; Vol. 2 displayed.
character of The Heart of Midlothian,
Jeanie Deans, was inspired by Helen Walker’s journey on foot from Edinburgh to
London to gain a pardon for her sister on a charge of child murder.
reception by Scott’s contemporaries was somewhat lukewarm, at least among the
critics. Today it is widely considered his greatest novel.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Tales of my landlord: third series. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown … ; and Hurst, Robinson and Co., London, 1819. Four volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
third series of Tales of my landlord
comprises two novels, The bride of
Lammermoor, and the shorter A legend
when Scott was critically ill with gallstones, The bride of Lammermoor is a tale of foredoomed love and, unusually
for Scott, features a tragic ending. Based upon a real life family tragedy
which occurred in 1669, Scott transposes the action to the period just before
the Union of Scotland and England in 1707.