The Lay of the Last Minstrel
- Scott, Walter

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Commentary

Published by Provost & Co., successors to A.W. Bennett, The Lay of the Last Minstrel continues the commercially successful series of photographically illustrated epic poems by Scott into the 1870s. Preceded by The Lord of the Isles (1871), the latest volume of Scott illustrates his tale of a sixteenth-century Border feud, told half a century later by an ageing minstrel at Newark Castle. The Lay, when it was originally published in 1805, brought Scott instant fame, with 27,000 copies sold in the ensuing decade. (See http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/works/poetry/minstrel.html. ) The illustrations in Provost’s edition this time came from Russell Sedgfield, whose other credits in photographically illustrated poetry books include The Lord of the Isles (1871), Scotland: Her Songs and Scenery (1868), and Our English Lakes (1864). Perhaps due to financial constraints, however, the number of illustrations decreased again from Lord of the Isles (eight) to five – both Provost volumes from the 1870s demonstrate a vast reduction in illustrations since Marmion (14) and The Lady of the Lake (13), both of which were published by A.W. Bennett in the 1860s. Newark Castle again features prominently in the photographs, emphasising its important presence in The Lay.

Book Details

Author: Scott, Walter
Title: The Lay of the Last Minstrel
Publication Year: 1872
Poets Featured: Scott, Walter
Photographers Featured: Sedgfield, William Russell
Subjects: Scottish Borders, Scotland
Photographic process: Albumen prints

This book can be found in the University of St Andrews Library catalogue HERE

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