First edition print. Good condition hardback. Some wear to the cover. Spine and boards are loose as is first page. Internally pages are stained along the spine, possibly due to water damage, however the text remains clear and easy to read. Some pencil markings, again with no disruption to the text itself. Page edges are browning and binding is loose. Illustrations are all clean and present.
This volume completes the series of the Lectures delivered by me as Rhind Lecturer in connection with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in the successive years 1879-82. The scheme of the Lectures was intended to embrace, in four annual courses of six Lectures each, a general review of the existing materials for the Archeology of Scotland. In view of their delivery to a popular audience, it seemed desirable to make the systematic nature of the investigationa matter of continuous demonstration. Regarding the historical method of dealing with prehistoric materials as wholly inapplicable to them, it behoved me to adopt and substitute a purely scientific method. Instead of commencing with the story of primeval man, and leading the narration downwards (as if drawing it from record), it was necessary to select a starting-place in the region of history bordering on the prehistoric, from which by tracing upwards, through unrecorded ages, the interlinked succession of types and systems, I might ppenetrate as far towards the primitive conditions of huan life in Scotland as the materials might serve to carry the investigation.