Published in 1932 by A C Black, in the New Crown Edition series of the Waverley Novels. Embossed decoration on the front cover, with gilt lettering on the spine and decorative end papers. It contains The Betrothed, a novel set at the time of the Crusades. an Introduction to the Chronicles of the Canongate, followed by the first novel in this series, The Highland Widow.
The Betrothed is an 1825 novel by Sir Walter Scott. It is the first of two Tales of the Crusaders, the second being The Talisman. The action takes place in the Welsh Marches during the latter part of the reign of Henry II, after 1187. Eveline, the 16-year-old daughter of Sir Raymond Berenger, is rescued from a Welsh siege by the forces of Damian Lacy. She is betrothed to his uncle Sir Hugo, who leaves on a crusade. Rebels led by Ranald Lacy attempt to kidnap her, and Damian fights them off, but a confused sequence of events convinces the King that she and her beloved are in league against him.
Chronicles of the Canongate is a collection of stories by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1827 and 1828. They are named after the Canongate, in Edinburgh. The Highland Widow (1827) is set in 1775 tells the story of the widow of Hamish MacTavish and his son also called Hamish.
A name is written on the half-title page, which is repeated on an attached ex-libris sticker reading: 'William Johnston, 299 Donegall Road, Belfast. 1946'.
There is some bumping wear on the covers which have an inward bend to the corners, the internal pages are in a good clean condition and the binding is sound.