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James Ballantyne and Co

Works: 389 works in 591 publications in 1 language and 7,177 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Romance fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Sources  Domestic fiction  Novels  Comic books, strips, etc 
Roles: Printer, Printer of plates, Publisher, Book producer
Classifications: PR5318, 823.7
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Travels in North America, in the years 1827 and 1828 by Basil Hall( Book )

1 edition published in 1829 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portraits and sketches by Edmund Gosse( Book )

1 edition published in 1912 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint Ronan's well by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sir Walter Scott, the renowned author of Rob Roy, Kenilworth, and Ivanhoe, brings readers this enlightening picture of Scottish country life, now in a handsome edition with a critical essay and detailed notes and glossary. Now restored to its original elegance and liveliness, with sexually explicit material that has long been suppressed, Saint Ronan's Well turns its back on the wars raging on the world stage at the beginning of the nineteenth century, presenting instead a dark comedy that explores a society at war with itself."--BOOK JACKET. "The story is set in a sleepy Tweedside village boasting little more than a run-down inn. When a nearby mineral spring, Saint Ronan's Well, becomes a popular vacation spot, the character of the little village changes, as it becomes infiltrated by a gaggle of wealthy tourists and by the influences of modernity."--BOOK JACKET. "Saint Ronan's Well features a rich cast of players, from the sentimental proprietor of the inn, to the wealthy young gadfly living far beyond his means and constantly in search of easy money, to the town gossip, always with an ear to the ground. The characters wrestle their way noisily to a climactic finish: one dead in a duel, one dying of shame, one fleeing to a monastery, and one leaving for Spain. In the end, the excitement dies down and the tourists depart; only the innkeeper, Meg Dods, remains."--BOOK JACKET. "Displaying the eclectic pageant of Scottish life with artful dialogue and an intricate web of plots and sub-plots, Saint Ronan's Well is a classic in the British literary tradition."--BOOK JACKET
Quentin Durward by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1823 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel, set in 15th century France, about a young knight of the Scottish Guards who saves the King's life in a boar hunt and wins the hand of his beautiful daughter, Isabella
Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Here is a plot without a drop of blood; and all the elements of a romance, without its conclusion', comments the King towards the end of Scott's longest, and arguably most intriguing, novel. Set against the backdrop of the Popish Plot to overturn Charles II, Peveril of the Peak explores the on-going tensions between Cavalier and Puritan loyalties during the fraught years of Restoration England. Ranging from Derbyshire to the Isle of Man and culminating in London, it is a novel which interweaves political intrigue, personal responsibilities and the ways in which the forces of history are played out in the struggles of individual human lives. But its true subject is perhaps the role of narration and the limits of storytelling itself. In this, the first scholarly edition of Peveril, Alison Lumsden recovers a lost novel."--Jacket
The monastery by Walter Scott( Book )

2 editions published in 1820 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set on the eve of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland, The Monastery is full of supernatural events, theological conflict, and humour. Located in the lawless Scottish Borders, the novel depicts the monastery of Kennaquhair (a thinly disguised Melrose Abbey, whose ruins are still to be seen near Scott's own home at Abbotsford) on the verge of dissolution, and the fortunes of two brothers as they respond to a new social and religious order. Highlights of the narrative include a moving encounter between two representatives of opposing sides in the Reformation controversy who had been students together in less troubled times, and the final formal procession of the Kennaquhair monks as the reformed forces arrive. A talking-point when the work was first published, the mysterious spectral White Lady, guardian of the magical Black Book, still intrigues readers. A strong comic element is provided by Sir Piercie Shafton with his absurd linguistic mannerisms fashionable at the English court. The narrative is preceded by one of Scott's most charming and playful introductory exchanges between the fictional local antiquary Cuthbert Clutterbuck and the Author of Waverley."--Jacket
The fortunes of Nigel by Walter Scott( Book )

4 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Well versed in the political literature of the period, Walter Scott drew a detailed picture of London in the early 17th century while charting the effects of Scottish influx into the English capital; the ambitions and fears of the incomers and the suspicion they aroused. The complex web of political (and sexual) intrigue, and especially of all-important financial dealings and double-dealings, is traced with a master's hand." "No Scott novel has a more memorable cast of characters. King James heads them, with his childish irresponsibility and elusive character; a would-be Solomon and father of his country, theological disputant, prurient bisexual. But not far behind are jeweller George Heriot, clockmaker Davie Ramsay, courtier Sir Mungo Malagrowther, servant Richie Moniplies and many vivid minor characters."--Jacket
Redgauntlet : a tale of the eighteenth century by Walter Scott( Book )

2 editions published in 1824 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Young Pretender to the Scottish throne relinquishes his claim--Novelist
Woodstock by Walter Scott( Book )

1 edition published in 1826 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Woodstock opens in farce, yet it is one of Scott's darkest novels. It deals with revolution, to Scott the most disturbing of all subjects: 'it appears that every step we made towards liberty, has but brought us in view of more terrific perils'. Written during the financial crisis which led to his insolvency in January 1826, the novel, Scott feared, 'would not stand the test'. Yet it does: it is set in England in 1651 as Parliamentary forces hunt the fugitive Charles Stewart who days previously had been defeated at Worcester. In the superb portrait of Cromwell we see a self-torturing despot who attempts to be in full control in the name of religion; in the rakish Charles we see a man without self-reflection whose own libertarianism after his restoration to the English throne in 1660 permitted a great burgeoning in scientific enquiry and the arts." "This edition of Woodstock is based on the first, but emended in the light of readings in the manuscript and proofs that were misread, and at times deliberately suppressed, as Scott's own hand-written words were turned into a printed book."--Jacket
Tales of my landlord by Walter Scott( Book )

7 editions published between 1816 and 1819 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott( Book )

1 edition published in 1827 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of the crusaders by Walter Scott( Book )

4 editions published between 1824 and 1825 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pirate by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1822 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No historical figures appear in The Pirate, and there are no historical events, but it is still an historical novel because it dramatises those 'corners of time' where an old era is coming to an end, and a new era is beginning. The novel is set in Orkney and Shetland in 1689, and for the northern isles the 'Glorious Revolution' actually means the beginning of the cultural dominance of Scotland and the advent of English power." "Scott draws heavily on the diary he kept on his tour round the lighthouses of Scotland in 1814. In both the diary and the novel he weighs the real need to improve the agricultural methods of this barely subsistence economy against the force of tradition and the human cost of rapid change." "The plot hinges on an illicit relationship, and is driven by dark men twisted by their criminality, an obsessed woman searching for her lost son, and the murderous rivalry of two young men - a family tale which illustrates the uses and abuses of traditional lore, as well as Scott's extraordinary grasp of the literature of the north."--Jacket
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1820 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the adventures of the Saxon knight Ivanhoe in 1194, the year of Richard the Lion-Hearted's return from the Third Crusade
Tales of my landlord by Walter Scott( Book )

5 editions published in 1818 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetical works of William Shakspeare and the Earl of Surrey by William Shakespeare( Book )

2 editions published in 1856 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott( Book )

1 edition published in 1828 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Fair Maid of Perth is part of the second series of Scott's Chronicles of Canongate. Sometimes referred to as a Waverley novel, the book is one of the few of Scott's works to feature a female title heroine. This is the second book in the three-volume set
Waverley by Walter Scott( Book )

in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first 'historical novel' in English, Waverley (1814) is set at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Edward Waverley, a young English soldier in the Hanoverian army, is sent to Scotland. He visits a Jacobite laird in the Lowlands of Perthshire, and then makes his way into the Highlands, where he meets a chieftain and his clansmen. Before long Waverley is caught up in the Jacobite cause, offering his allegiance to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and to the dauntless Flora Mac-Ivor. The hero's journey of self-discovery takes place in a country torn by civil war, as the political outlook of the eighteenth century meets the older social organization of the Highlands in violent confrontation. --Publisher
Klosterheim:, or, The masque. by Thomas De Quincey( Book )

2 editions published in 1832 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written halfway between Confessions of an English opium-eater (1822) and the great, but fragmentary, Suspiria de profundis of the 1840s, Klosterheim is ostensibly a gothic fantasy in the manner of Ann Radcliffe, set in Germany during the Thirty Years' War. But De Quincey's gothic has a particular function, unlocking a door into the opium-taker's world of illusion and dream. He is writing at a period of desperate need and continuing addiction, and writing very well. Coleridge claimed to have read nothing since Quentin Durward that 'would compare in interest with Klosterheim', adding that De Quincey achieves a 'purity of style and idiom' to which Scott does not aspire."--Jacket
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