The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott
Hardcover. Conditon: Good. No date, ~1895. Richard Edward King. Scarce copy.
Shelfwear as expected. Pages are tan and brittle, but still well bound.
Set at the end of the reign of James VI and I, The Fortunes of Nigel sits among Walter Scott's richest creations in political insight, range of characterisation and linguistic virtuosity. Well versed in the political literature of the period, 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.