Schir William Wallace, Knicht of Ellerslie
Blind Harry's lengthy poem on William Wallace, 1889 in quarter leather
First thus. Hardback bound in quarter leather with gilt titling to spine, green cloth covered boards and top edge gilt. 22.5 × 14cm, liv + 567pp.
Full title: The Actis and Deidis of the Illustere and Vailyeand Campioun Schir William Wallace, Knicht of Ellerslie.
Henry the Minstrel's lengthy romantic biographical poem in eleven books (buiks) recounting the life of William Wallace written around 1477. It forms a biography of William Wallace from his boyhood, through his career as a Scots patriot in the First War of Independence until his execution in London in 1305. Although the poem contains several events that didn't occur, it remained the most popular book in Scotland after the Bible.
This edition, published for the Scottish Text Society, has a lengthy introduction and also contains two colour facsimile plates of a manuscript copy found in Edinburgh's Advocate Library. The poem is in Old English.
This copy is in very good condition. There is light wear to the spine tips, but the binding is secure, the pages are clean and this remains a very attractive copy.