Such a gorgeous antique book deserves a prominent place on a lovely coffee table or among other beautiful old volumes ...
moreSuch a gorgeous antique book deserves a prominent place on a lovely coffee table or among other beautiful old volumes. This is the lavishly illustrated "Marmion" by Sir Walter Scott, (c) 1885, James R. Osgood and Co. Boston. This 288-page epic poem features numerous drawings, engravings and ornamental borders and designs by various artists. All illustrations are in black-and-white, but the pages are top stained and edged in sparkling gilt. This poem tells how Lord Marmion, a favorite of Henry VIII of England, lusts for Clara de Clare, a wealthy woman. He and his mistress, Constance De Beverley, forge a letter implicating Clara's fiancé, Sir Ralph De Wilton, in treason. Constance, a dishonest nun, hopes her skulduggery will enamor her to Marmion. Meanwhile, DeWilton must go into exile. All of this drama results in a rather complicated turn of events involving revenge, disguises, and the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. Quite a lot of intrigue in this epic poem! Even if you never read it all the way through, you can enjoy the etchings and illustrations. They are bright for their age, just like the text, which is clean, save for some random light age spots, here and there. The book is in good condition - its front hinge is weak, due to the relative weightiness of the book. There is some wear to the cover edges, mostly along the spine. The back cover is smudged and rubbed - but condition, overall, is reasonable for a book that is 130 years old! If you are a fan of Medieval history, Knights and Fair Maidens, Kings and Queens - well, this book will offer you both food for thought and antique etchings to savor. less
7.0ʺW × 1.1ʺD × 9.0ʺH
GoodModerate wear and tear, but still has good years left
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