Ancient Scottish Weapons, Limited Edition Copy No. 243 of 500, Circa 1881

Drummond, James, Anderson, Joseph, Ancient Scottish Weapons. Edinburgh & London: George Waterson & Sons, 1881. Limited edition, #243/500. Rebound in quarter, embossed leather with custom slipcase.

This is a sunning copy of James Drummond and Joseph Anderson's monumental study of ancient Scottish weaponry, Ancient Scottish Weapons. The book is illustrated profusely throughout, to include 54 color plates, done by James Drummond, R.S.A. The text includes an introduction and descriptive notes by Joseph Anderson, the former Custodier of the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh. The large-format book was published in 1881 by George Waterston & Sons. It is offered here in its limited edition, numbered 243 of just 500 printed.

This book provides plates and descriptions detailing influential weapons and equipment used by Scottish Highlanders throughout history. The work is complete with information about armor, materials, weapons, and even musical instruments that were used in, and before and after, battles. The plates include, but are not limited to, depictions of targets, swords, dirks, powder horns, pistols, muskets, war axes, belt purses, brooches, bagpipes, harps, and spades.

James Drummond was a Scottish historical genre painter, who worked in Edinburgh and exhibited mostly at the Royal Scottish Academy. He also exhibited at the British Institution and Suffolk Street. Two of his smaller works “Peace” and “War” were exhibited at the British Institution in 1850 and were purchased by Prince Albert. Most of Drummond’s subjects were taken from Scottish history. His great knowledge of Scottish arms, costume and customs enabled him to produce very accurate paintings. Drummond’s works are notable for their judicious management of lights and shadows. In 1868, Drummond was appointed Curator of the Edinburgh National Gallery.


Very good condition. Internally very clean besides light toning. The book has been hand-bound in brown quarter leather and brown cloth. It has raised bands, marbled endpapers, a gilt top edge and a deckle edge. The spine features blind-embossed details, including ornamental accents surrounding the gilt title and authorship information. The quarter leather also features an embossed sword detail on the front and back boards. The volume is housed in a custom cloth slipcase, with an inlaid photograph reproduced from one of the interior plates.

Dimensions (with slipcase): 17" H x 13 1/8" W x 2 1/2" D

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