The Picture of Scotland. Second edition.

  • Chambers, Robert
  • Edinburgh: William Tait 1828


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2 vols., 8vo, pp. 416; 438 + 2 engraved frontispieces and 6 plates. Ads discarded. Contemporary calf, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rolls and rules, red and green morocco labels lettered in gilt, other compartments decorated with floral gilt tools, boards bordered with double gilt rules, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A little foxing, offsetting from plates, small tear to gutter of four leaves. A touch rubbed, faint marks to boards.


The second edition of this introduction to Scottish history from Robert Chambers (1802-1871), who first began his own business selling books on Leith Walk in 1818. Within the description of Edinburgh, he states that 'Upon the whole, those whose health can bear a climate so variable and so trying as that of Edinburgh, will find few more eligible places of residence'. He includes some intriguing local legends and folklore, such as the family of cannibals in Angus, or a Peter Mackie of Perth who declared he had 'arrived at that pitch of faith which could enable him to walk upon water'.

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