This novel (published 1823) is the longest by Sir Walter Scott, and is one of his English novels (others being "Ivanhoe", "Woodstock" and "Kenilworth"). Julian Peveril, a Cavalier, is in love with Alice Bridgenorth, a Roundhead's daughter, but both he and his father are accused of involvement with the "Popish Plot" of 1678.
Most of the story takes place in Derbyshire, London, and on the Isle of Man. The title refers to Peveril Castle in Castleton, Derbyshire.
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE (1771–1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet, many of whose works remain classics of both English and Scottish literature, though he is less often read nowadays.
Our copy is a handsome publication, one of the Centenary Edition of the Waverley Novels, published by Adam & Charles Black in 1881. It is bound in fine red (?silk) cloth, the front cover and spine both heavily decorated in black and gilt. There are only minor signs of wear externally (a little shelf wear to top & bottom of spine, and bumped bottom corners), and inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages. Page tops are age-darkened, and the long page edges somewhat foxed, but there is almost no foxing inside. The pages are all lightly browned, but clean and clear, and there are a number of engraved illustrations by various artists (Leith, Bonnington, Austin, Shaw & Roberts), each with its tissue guard in place. A bookseller's label is pasted inside the bottom of the front cover, and a previous owner's initials neatly ink-written at the top of the front fep.