* SCOTT, Walter, Sir (1771-1832). Ivanhoe. Edinburgh and London: for Archibald Constable and Co., Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1820.
3 volumes, 8vo (198 x 120 mm). Half-titles, Author's Advertisement leaf in first volume. (Lacking 3 pages of advertisements at end of third volume, some minor spotting.) Later paper-backed boards, uncut, printed labels to spines (joints starting); cloth slipcase.
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR HISTORICAL NOVELS. This copy with points of the first state in vol. I as identified by Worthington with three exceptions: on p. v, line 12, the second and fourth words are "which, not the third as noted in Worthington, but with the 6 forme-mark; observed" (Todd); The space between the horizontal rules on the half-titles to vol. I differs slightly in measurement from Worthington (34.5 mm instead of 32 mm); Vol. II, p.71 with the forme-mark "5" as per Todd (but not called for in Worthington). Scott wrote Ivanhoe between July and November of 1819. The first printing of 12,000 copies was released in December 1819, and completely sold out in two weeks. Todd 140Aa; Worthington 8.
Property from the Estate of Steve and Peggy Fossett, Carmel, California