Sir Tristrem; A Satirical Romance of The Thirteenth Century; by Thomas of Erceldoune, called The Rhymer. Edited from the Auchinleck Ms. by Walter Scott Esq. The Second Edition.

  • (Scott, Sir Walter), Thomas of Erceldoune
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. 1806
  • Todd & Bowden 13Ab.


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8vo, pp. [iv], cxxiv, 385, [1]. Contemporary half biscuit calf, marbled boards, spine divided by double blind rules, lettered in gilt direct, other compartments tooled in blind. Paper lightly toned, small tear to margin of one leaf. Rebacked, hinges relined, old leather somewhat rubbed, boards soiled. Scattered marginal notes and underlining, extensive annotation to rear blanks, where unrelated clippings of booksellers’ catalogues also pasted in. Purchase annotation to half-title in same neat hand dated 16.2.88. Bookseller’s label of D. Nutt to front pastedown.


Originally intended for inclusion in Scott's Minstrelsy of The Scottish Border, the notes and critical paraphernalia supplied for this medieval poem soon grew until it was afforded separate publication. In addition to the lengthy introduction, the concluding 15 stanzas are Scott's own, in imitation of the original, as the final leaf of the manuscript was missing.
This second edition was preceded two years earlier by the first, which was censored for obscenity against Scott's wishes. The offending line, in stanza 103, is in this edition restored.

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