Auctioneers and Appraisers

Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832) Original Gouache Illustrations for the Waverley Novels

Sold for:





Books & Manuscripts - 2730B
Date / Time :
May 31, 2014 11:00AM


Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832) Original Gouache Illustrations for the Waverley Novels. England, c. 1856.
Two oblong octavo albums, containing a total of 108 miniature paintings created to illustrate Scott's adventure novels, each painting approximately 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 in., painted within several frames, on ivory paper, each ivory sheet mounted on green album pages, each painting titled in pencil at the foot, with other pencil and ink notes identifying the story illustrated in the surrounding blank margins; bound in full uniform dark navy blue morocco, elaborately tooled in blind, with titles and spines decorated in gilt; manuscript annotations of Edward Winman Martin, Esquire, with a signed engraved portrait of same pasted inside the front board of each volume, with the later bookplate of William Sankey, and a portrait of a Baron; the artists is unidentified, although Martin has added a note stating that he died a few weeks after he finished these paintings, and that only a few were duplicated originally, at Martin's request, when he was unhappy with the artist's work; bindings slightly rubbed, corners bumped, binding of volume one becoming de-cased, 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (2)
Estimate $1,000-1,500

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Edward Winman Martin, Waverley, United Kingdom, William Sankey