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Tales of a Grandfather is a history of Scotland by Sir Walter Scott in three volumes, published between 1828 and 1830 by A & C Black. In the 19th century, the study of Scottish history focused on cultural traditions and Scott had the idea of writing a History of Scotland addressed to his six-year-old grandchild John Hugh Lockhart whom he called by the nickname of Hugh Littlejohn. While the timeline of events is accurate, many anecdotes are either folk stories or inventions. Children, Scott believed, disliked books 'written down' to their level, preferring a challenge to their understanding and curiosity. He hoped to cater, moreover, for both a juvenile and a popular audience and thus to find a way 'between what a child can comprehend and what shall not yet be absolutely uninteresting to the grown reader.
These three small books (approx. 10cm x 15cm each) are volumes 1,2 & 3 of the Third Series of stories. They are bound soundly but the covers have suffered noticeable wear and tear. All edges and corners are bumped and worn; spine ends have a lot of surface wear and the frayed spine tops have sections worn away; the boards are scrubbed and have light general soiling marks. Text block edges are tanned and coved with tiny foxing speckles. End papers and frontispiece pages have light foxing marks.
The frontispieces and title pages are illustrated with engravings by W. H. Lizars. The item could be of interest to Sir Walter Scott enthusiasts and collectors.
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