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COOK, Richard (1784--1857)
The lady of the lake, a poem by Walter Scott, Esqr. Illustrated with engravings from paintings by Richard Cook.
London: published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, & W. Miller; & J. Ballantyne & Co. Edinburgh, 1811.
Engr. t.-pl., [6] pl. ; 21.3 cm. (8°)

Sir Walter Scott's narrative poem The lady of the lake was originally published in May 1810; four more editions of The lady of the lake were published in the same year, for a total of over 20,000 copies. Such was the anticipated popularity of the poem that two rival sets of illustrations by Richard Westall and Richard Cook were in preparation before it was even published. Both sets of plates were issued in 1811, and accompanying different editions of the poem singly (as here) or together despite the duplication of four of the six scenes illustrated, and the poetic and prose works of Scott provided the most popular contemporary literary subject treated by the new national school of British painting encouraged by the Royal Academy and the British Institution. See Catherine Gordon, 'The illustration of Sir Walter Scott: nineteenth-century enthusiasm and adaptation', in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 34 (1971), pp. 297--317.

Copy Notes Bound in with the copy of the 9th edition of the poem, 1811 (q.v.). Also inserted is an extraneous portrait of Scott engraved by Raimbach after Sir Henry Raeburn with the imprint of R.H. Cromek and J. Sharpe, dated 1 February 1811.

Binding C19th diced russia calf, blind-tooled palmette and anthemion borders inside thick-thin gilt rule, gilt roll-tooled turn-ins, blind- and gilt-tooled spine with direct-lettered title, author, place of publication ('Edin.') and date, gilt text-block edges, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 6756


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