Antique (1904) hardcover pocket book entitled The Talisman written by Sir Walter Scott. Book printed in London England by Thomas Nelson & Sons as part of the New Century Library.
This book is complete at 472 pages with specially-commissioned illustrative plates. Book has embossed covers and gilt-edged pages - an ornate style that was replicated decades later in high-end book series published by both The Franklin Mint and Easton Press.
Overview of story: The Talisman, the second book (after Bethrothed) of Sir Walter Scott's Tales of the Crusaders novels is a story of chivalry, violence, virtue, romance and deceit. In Scott's own words: "... the warlike character of Richard I, wild and generous, a pattern of chivalry, with all its extravagant virtues, and its no less absurd errors, was opposed to that of Saladin, in which the Christian monarch showed all of the cruelty and violence of an Eastern sultan". Saladin, on the other hand, ironically displayed the deep policy and prudence associated with a European sovereign. Both Richard and Saladin were locked into a psychological, as well as very real battle, as to whom should excel the other and in whom resided those most knightly of qualities, bravery and generosity.
Overview of The New Century Library series: From the series beginning in 1899, the New Century Library volumes have always been regarded as luxurious, well-crafted tomes printed on paper of exceptional quality with strong, sewn-in bindings, elaborately gilt-embossed covers and gilt page edges with and full-page illustrations typically commissioned by Nelson & Sons of well-respected artists of the day.
Condition of book: As stated, this book is complete at 472 pages with illustrations and illustrative overleaves. Book is in EXCELLENT! antique condition with VERY MINIMAL! foxing | yellowing of the internal pages (a testament to the quality of the paper used by Nelson & Sons in the printing of these books) and NO! rips or tears. Book spine shows a WEE! bit of stress at the top in the center of the book, but in general, the book spine is strong and sturdy and the sewn-in bind is in VERY GOOD! condition with NO! pages separating from it. Text is clear and legible, illustrations are bright and vivid with LITTLE TO NO! fading apparent. Gilt-edges pages show LITTLE TO NO! gold loss and there are NO! ripped or torn pages in the book. Pages have NO! dog-eared corners. One or two of the internal pages show some VERY LIGHT! creasing (please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the item). Covers are in VERY GOOD! order with the gilt embossing bright and vivid. Covers show wear and rub to the edges, mostly along the spine top and bottom. There is a label affixed to the inside front cover reading a Paris bookseller address (again, please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual). Fabulous, well-cared for book that is now over 100 years of age. Very rare to find books of this age in such totally EXCELLENT! condition.
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Approximate measurements: pocket book size measuring 6-1/2" x 4-1/2" | complete at 472 pages | NO dust jacket (these books were published without dust jackets).
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