Publisher: London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans; Edinburgh: Robert Cadell; etc, 1838-1839.
Edition: First editions, except for the second pamphlet, which is a stated second edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 1292 (Lockhart).
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; hinges starting, but sound; a good copy.
Book ID: 27354
Description3 volumes in 1, 8vo, contemporary brown half calf, marbled paper boards, black leather label, gilt decorations and lettering.
CommentsThe three pamphlets and the appendix (not always present) that comprise the whole of the published hostilities over the Lockhart-Ballantyne controversy. When John Lockhart's biography of his famous father-in-law was published in 1837, it contained references to the Ballantynes which they found unflattering, particularly in regards to their handling of the business affairs of the Ballantyne printing and publishing firms, in which Scott was a silent partner. When those firms failed, along with Archibald Constable, in the financial panic of 1826, Scott was forced into bankruptcy. The Ballantynes defend themselves against Lockhart's veiled allegations, as have other scholars since, including Scott biographer Edgar Johnson. Two bookseller descriptions and three newspaper clippings between the front endpapers.