Sunday, 23 March 2014
Walter Scott. Lay of the Last Minstrel. 1854
This cover design, though not signed, is attributed to John Leighton. It is full of mediaeval symbolism so beloved of the mid-Victorian period. This copy has the same design as the British Library copy (shelf mark 11642e27), and a full description is in the Library's database of Bookbindings at:
This copy has the spine; the BL copy lacks the spine. This copy formerly belonged to Robin de Beaumont, whose book plate is on the upper pastedown. This copy is inscribed on the upper pastedown:
1. "Mary Ogle/ from her Husband./ Jany 23rd 1854./"
2. For Edmund/ from the rest of the King/ Family on his 25th wedding/ anniversary/ 1999/"
The text is sewn on three tapes. Gilt edges/. bevelled boards. Red morocco horizontal-grain cloth.