16mo in eights, pp. , 280, engraved title-page (foxed) by J. Gellatly after J. M.W. Turner; Mauchline binding in ‘Caledonian’ Tartan boards, red leather spine, gilt edges, a fine example. Stereotyped and printed by Stevenson & Company, 32 Thistle Street, Edinburgh.
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The Lady of the Lake … with all his Introductions and Notes, various Readings, and the Editor’s Notes.
An attractive Scottish 'Mauchline ware' tartan binding. Mauchline ware bindings – the name comes from Smith’s boxware factory at Mauchline in Ayrshire – were made from thin wooden boards (often sycamore) decorated with tartan or pictorial designs, heavily varnished, and attached to the text block by a leather spine. Here the tartan is designated ‘Caledonian’ in small gold type at the top of the front cover. This example comes from 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition where all sorts of Mauchline ware products were on display.
See David Trachtenberg and Thomas Keith, Mauchline Ware, a Collector’s Guide (2002), especially chapter 2 and appendix 1.
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