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W. Scott's sketched the story and outlined everything. Walter Scott inserted the humour and brushed all up.” There was plenty of contemporary speculation, however, which came nearer the mark. "John Murray, for example, got an early copy

of the novel, read it, and sent it to Mr Canning, writing upon the title-page, By Walter

Canning called on Murray next day, said he had begun it, found it very dull, and concluded : “You are quite mistaken; it cannot be by Walter Scott.” But a few days later he wrote to Murray: “Yes, it is 80; you are right. Walter Scott and no one else." +

It is said that • Waverley' was first offered anonymously to London publisher, named Phillips, who refused it. Then Ballantyne negotiated with Constable who haggled about price. Lockhart, however, admits that for those days Constable’s offer of £700 for the copyright of an anonymous novel was a very

liberal The final agreement of an equal division of profits between publisher and author was more satisfactory although Constable afterwards regretted that he did not accept Ballantyne's offer of the entire copyright for £1000. The book was published on July 7th 1814 in three volumes as we have seen, and the whole impression of 1000 copies had disappeared within five weeks, a second edition of 2000 copies had disappeared before the summer was over

r-but the early sale of the novel is best set forth in tabular form :


* Life of J. G. Lockhart, by Andrew Lang. + Memoirs of John Murray, by Samuel Smiles.


1000 2000

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First edition of Waverley,' 1000 copies, 7th July 1814. Second

August 1814 Third


1814. Fourth

November 1814. Fifth

January 1815. Sixth


June 1816. Seventh

October 1817. Eighth

April 1821. Lockhart further informs us that in the collected editions prior to 1829, 11,000 copies were disposed of, and that the edition of 1829 known as the Author's Favourite Edition had already sold 40,000 copies when he wrote his biography of Scott in 1837





August 24, 1897.

Desk at Abbots, ord in which the MS. of Waverley'

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Sir Walter Scott born in the College Wynd,
Edinburgh, August 15,

1771 Visits Bath with his aunt, Miss Janet Scott

1775 Is living at Sandy Knowe

1777 In George Square, Edinburgh

1778 At the High School, Edinburgh

1779 Attended classes at Edinburgh University 1783-5 Apprenticed to his father as Writer to the

Attended Civil Law classes

1788 Elected a member of the Speculative Society 1791 Called to the Bar

1792 First excursion to Liddesdale

1792 Commenced to study German .

1792 Visited Montrose to collect stories

1796 Published translation of Bürger's“ Leonore” with the “ Wild Huntsmen

1796 Became quarter-master in volunteer cavalry 1797 Visited the English Lakes

1797 Married to Miss Charlotte Mary Carpenter at St Mary's Church, Carlisle

1797 Lives in George Street, Edinburgh, then at 10 Castle Street, Edinburgh



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