A True First Edition of Billings' Antiquities of Scotland? (1852)

Robert William Billings

The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland

Published: London, published by the author

Date: 1852

4 volumes. 4to [34x25cm]. finely bound by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh in full red morocco with gilt thistle and floral decoration to spines

Note
This would appear to be an unrecorded edition. All library holdings of the first edition refer to the work being printed 'for' the author by William Blackwood pasted opposite the title-page in volume one is an original water-colour sketch by the author, depicting Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower

Condition
occasional spots of foxing, but generally very clean and fresh. all the engraved plates are mounted on india paper. There is some abrasion to the bindings, mostly fairly insignificant, but quite severe to the foot of the volume two lower board

£750

Offered by McLaren Books Ltd