[David Douglas, publisher and editor, and Sir Walter Scott] The Personal Copies of publisher and editor, David Douglas, of The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (1890) and Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott, extra-illustrated with Correspondence.

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[David Douglas, publisher and editor, and Sir Walter Scott]
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Edinburgh, 1890 and 1894.
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Months sometimes pass without my having an opportunity of reading a book for my own amusement, but I hope in this case to begin soon.John Murray IV, publisherDavid Douglas, Edinburgh publisher, edited and published The Journal of Sir Walter Scott in 1890 and Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott in 1894. He prepared the volumes (described below) for himself in fine style, but also sent out copies of the volumes to interested parties (whose responses are listed below) including two Prime Ministers (Gladstone and Rosebery), publishers (Murray, Macmillan and Bentley), authors, scholars, descendants of correspondents (many of whom would have provided letters for this edition), a handful of people who encountered Scott when they were young, others who owned items associated with Scott, and others (see listing below).Douglas extra-illustrated both publications for himself mainly with the letters that responded to his gift but added some that had something to say about the copies they bought themselves, and inevitably about Scott. The correspondents are listed below, and some attempt has been made to amplify information about the subjects of the letters after the listing. None of them are simply thank you notes. Many are substantial.The Journal of Sir Walter Scott David Douglas (Editor): Personal Copy2 vols, Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1890Vol. 1 Inscribed To my daughter Sophie these four volumes of Scott's Journal & Letters are, with much love, given by David Douglas | June 26 1901Fine binding, blue full morocco gt, raised bands, book plate Ex Libris DAVID DOUGLAS, inside front covers of both volumes; pages reinforced. Some wear but attractive set. With copies of a drawing made of Scott and Family in Rome on inner back cover of each volume, 10 x 8cm, borrowed from Louisa A. Lane who mentions it in her letter in this collection. The copy drawing in vol.II is accompanied by a loose note, 6 x 8.5cm, as follows:The sketch at end of Vol II made in Rome. Lord Napier of Ettrick (Thirlestane) obtained loan of it from Lady in Park Lane. It did not turn out very well when reproduced, so only a few copies were made & put at end of few volumes. Canon Ainger got one. | [signed] S.B.D. [presumably Douglas's wife, Sarah Burns Douglas].David Douglas has also added a MS. note to the end of the Preface to Vol.I after the printed statement Six copies printed for presentation, on Japanese paper, Douglas adding: (July 25. 1891) were given to six friends. The present copy is made up from the 'over' sheets thrown off by the printer for the Publishers own use. [signed] D. Douglas.Vol. I extra-illustrated with letters, most bound in, most from recipients of copies as gifts:1. MMMS (postcard, loose) M.M. Maxwell Scott, Scottish author of historical novels and non-fiction and the great-granddaughter of Walter Scott.2. [Gardner? The College, Glasgow; loose). 3. George Grove, (1820 -1900), engineer and writer on music, known as the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music4. David Douglas himself (substantial, loose), publisher and editor of the Letters and the Journal, 8 closely written pages to unknown correspondent (details below).5. Alfred Ainger, biographer and critic.6. Archibald Constable, grandson of Scott's publisher.7. P. Hume Brown, Scottish historian and professor8. J.A. Hume9. [G.W. ReId?]10. F.M.F. Skene, (Felicia), author (inc. Greece residence)11. S.H. Butcher, classicist, translator12. S.R. Crockett, Kailyard novelist.13. [Campbell; St Leonards]14. De Bury15. J.R. Findlay, Scottish newspaper owner and philanthropist16. A. Patchett Martin, Australian writer and literary critic17. A. Lang [Andrew Lang], writer18. Alexander Ireland (substantial, 5pp.), (1810-1894) was a Scottish journalist, man of letters, and bibliophile, 19. [John Hullin?]20. Duke of Argyll21. W.E. H. (William Ernest Henley (23 August 1849 - 11 July 1903) was a British poet, writer, critic and editor in late Victorian England.)22. William Ewart Gladstone, sometime Prime Minister23. J.L. Russell24. Earl of Rosebery, sometime Prime Minister). Substantial letter.25. [Rev] Walter Smith26. George Barclay27. Alfred Ainger, biographer and critic28. Napier & Ettrick29. Sir George Webbe Dasent, D. C. L. (1817-1896), translator of folk tales and contributor to The Times.30. Daniel Wilson, Scottish-born Canadian archaeologist, ethnologist and author.31. M.M. Maxwell Scott, Scottish author of historical novels and non-fiction and the great-granddaughter of Walter Scott.32. Louisa A. Lane33. George Bentley, publisher34. Annie Fields, American writer.35. William Down & Connor36. D.S. Kellogg37. G.G. Bradley38. Felicia M.F. Skene, author. See above.39. Unsigned.40. W.J. Bruce, clerk to the United States Senate Committee on Libraries.41. James B. Brown42. C.D. Yonge [Charles Duke Yonge, historian, classicist and cricketer]43. Francis Robert Davies, very substantial.44. C.D. Yonge - see above45. Joseph Maxwell Scott46. Francis Robert Davies (2)47. Thomas Scott Huxley48. Thomas Scott Huxley49. C.D. Yonge - see above.50. James Joseph Barrett, self-styled poet.51. Will. Alexander, The Daily Free Press, Aberdeen.52. John Ross Macduff, Scottish divine and a prolific author of religious essays.53. Will. Alexander, The Daily Free Press, Aberdeen.54. M. van Rensselaer, D.D.55. Daniel Wilson - see above (30.). Loose.The letters have been numbered in pencil but the numbering is unreliable. Several individual letters are given two numbers. For example, One letter bt W.H. Ireland is initially numbered 14 but 15 is written on the second half. The van Rensselaar and Daniel Wilson are unnumbered. Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott David Douglas (Editor): Personal Copy(2 vols, Edinburgh, 1894) Fine binding, blue full morocco gt, raised bands, top edge gt, book plate Ex Libris DAVID DOUGLAS, inside front covers of both volumes; pages reinforced.Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott, vol. 1, extra-illustrated with letters mainly from recipients of the book as gifts, letters as follows:1. James Fenimore Cooper, grandson of the Author. Loose.2. W.J. [Bruce? illegible]. If so, W.J. Bruce was the clerk to the United States Senate Committee on Libraries. Loose.3. F. Scott Huxley5. F. Scott Huxley6. F. Scott Huxley7. Annie Wemyss8. C. Dick Lauder9. Illegible (Lander House, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh)10. Helen Baillie11. W.H. Baillie. artist12. Illegible (Wallsend)13. G.D. Boyle, Dean of Salisbury 14. Alfred Ainger, biographer and critic.15. Joanna B. Richardson16. John Murray (1893), publisher17. Archibald Constable (1893), grandson of Scott's publisher.18. Felicia M. F. Skene, author.19. J. Dykes Campbell, Scottish merchant and writer, pioneer biographer of Coleridge.20. Alex[ander] Macmillan, publisher (signed shakily, body of letter secretarial).21. [J. Moncrieff?]22. Jane Dundas23. George Bentley, publisher.24. [G.W. Read?]25. Walter F. Lyon, artist26. M.M. Maxwell Scott, Scottish author of historical novels and non-fiction and the great-granddaughter of the novelist Walter Scott.Familiar Letters of Sir Walter Scott, vol.2, also extra-illustrated with letters from the following:1. G.T. Clark, (Colonel George Thomas Clark (1809 - 1898), surgeon and engineer. 2. John Skelton3. George Smith4. Mary A. Baillie Hamilton5. James Dyke Campbell, pioneer biographer of Coleridge.6. Initials, Royalty, Foreign Office.7. G.T. Clark, surgeon and engineer8. S. Reynolds Hole, Very Rev Dr Samuel Reynolds Hole (1819 -1904) English Anglican priest, author and horticulturalist9. Thomas Hughes, QC (1822 -1896), lawyer, judge, politician and author (Tom Brown's Schooldays).10. Thomas Hughes again.11. George Grove (1820 -1900), engineer and writer on music, known as the founding editor of Grove's Dictionary of Music12. John Dowden, presumably (1840 - 30 1910), Irish-born bishop and ecclesiastical historian. He served in the Scottish Episcopal Church as the Bishop of Edinburgh.13. Jane W. Watt14. Paul de Remusat (see contribution to the Journal), (1831-1897), son of the French politician Charles de Rémusat, became a distinguished journalist and writer.15. Annie Adams Fields (1834 -1915) was an American writer. Letter unsigned.16. Edward Dowden, critic and poet17. David Masson, Scottish academic, supporter of women's suffrage, literary critic 18. Thomas Letherbrow, businessman and artist in Manchester.The letters have been numbered in pencil (except the loose ones) but the numbering is unreliable. Several individual letters are given two numbers (or more). But the collection appears complete (no removals).SUBJECTS and contents of both books:Compliments for the editing and notes; congratulations on showing the letters the light of day; Scott memorabilia; admiration for Scott's character; anecdotes; information expanding on the books (e.g. a footnote on Coleridge); encounters with Scott (as children); ancestors' relationship with Scott; minor corrections and supplementary information; Scott's significance (he & his writing have raised Scotland too her present pinnacle, etc.); his moral superiority; ranking Scott second only to the Bible!; mention of relatives featuring in the Books; Scott letters in the correspondent's or family possession (inc. Thomas Hughes); occasional correspondent suggesting Douglas publish something of theirs; errors; memorial to Scott in Westminster Abbey proposed; a lengthy manuscript concerning Shortreed's adventures (stirring scenes) in the East (China etc) - Shortreed being Scott's companion in the quest for ballads; copyright issue; etc etc.Letters by John Muir, pioneer environmentalist, and Oliver Wendell Holmes extracted from these volumes are being offered separately. Copies enclosed.