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The Scottish Chiefs, A Romance.

PORTER (Jane).

PORTER (Jane).

The Scottish Chiefs, A Romance.

Revised, Corrected, and Illustrated with a New Introuduction, Notes, Etc. by the Author. Engraved frontispiece and title in both volumes.

Two volumes. Small 8vo. [174 x 102 x 59 mm]. [v], viii-xxxii, 376 pp; [iv], 397, [1] pp. Contemporary bindings by John Pritchard of Carnarvon (with his printed label inside the front cover of both volumes) of half olive calf, marbled paper sides. Smooth spines divided into five panels with blind pallets and gilt compartments, lettered in the second on a dark red lable and numbered in the fourht, the others tooled with small gilt arabesque tools, marbled endleaves and edges. (Slightly rubbed).
London: [by A. & R. Spottiswoode for] Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley; Bell and Bradfute [in] Edinburgh; Cumming [in] Dublin, 1831

First published in 1810 and regarded as one of the earliest examples of the historical novel.
There is some light foxing or browning, but it is a very good copy.

The bindings have the pink label of "John Pritchard, Bookbinder and Stationer, Bangor St., Carnarvon". Ramsden, Book Binders of the United Kingdom (outside London) 1780-1840, p.135, notes "all their work is rather rough, and they were primarily stationers in all probability".
He refers to a group of bindings by Pritchard for Lord Newborough sold at Sotheby's, 31/10 and 1/11/1950, lots 386-400, one of which was bought by J.R. Abbey and sold again at Sotheby's 21/6/1967, lot 2225. I would not call these two volumes rough, and regard them as quite competent. With the large armorial bookplate of Lord Newborough in both voumes. This could be either Thomas John Wynn (1802-1832), 2nd Baron and MP for Carnarvonshire or his brother Spencer Bulkeley Wynn (1803-1888), 3rd Baron, who resided at Glynllifon.

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