‘Marmion’ (Inscribed 1890)

This is a great wee Mauchline Ware edition of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’ I obtained a few years ago. I’ve only read maybe a third of it so far. The text is tiny and could be hard on the eyes depending on light. It’s inscribed “Abbotsford, Aug 1. 1890”, but I don’t know if that means it belonged to someone living on Scott’s former estate. I’m not able to make out the signature on the left hand page opposite the title page. For more information on Mauchline Ware see the introduction to the Album. The image on the front cover is very similar to one of the photos in the same Album that shows Abbotsford with a boatman to the foreground in the river.

 

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Sir W. Scott (undated), ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, Mauchline Ware Cover.

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Sir W. Scott (undated), ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, Inside Front Cover.

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Sir W. Scott (undated), ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, Publisher’s Page with Inscription “Abbotsford, Aug. 1 1890.”

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Sir W. Scott (undated), ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, Introduction to Canto First.

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Sir W. Scott (undated), ‘Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field’, Glasgow: David Bryce and Son, To the Reader.

5 thoughts on “‘Marmion’ (Inscribed 1890)

    1. I’ve tried different combinations on Google looking for a valid name. Could it be Guy Ayrault? He existed from 1865 to 1921. I’m not sure where in the world he existed however.

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      1. It could be now I look at it again, it’s a very sketchy t at the end though. I remember learning to do z with a tail when I was very young, but it could also be a y after the capital A now I compare it to the y in Guy which again is quite sketchy. Ha, I thought they all wrote beautiful copperplate in those days!

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