CAMPBELL; or, the Scottish Probationer. A novel
Edition: First Edition
Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, G. and W. B. Whittaker, London; W.Turnbull, Glasgow; and Johnston and Deas, Dublin, 1819. Three volumes, 12mo. Pp , 333, ; , 325, ; , 270, . No half-titles (as issued?) Bound in contemporary quarter calf and marbled boards spines with two labels each, marbled page edges. Spines rubbed, with short tear to top of Vol. I neatly repaired; labels on Vol. III perished; joints, but not inner hinges, partially cracked but covers firmly attached; skinned spot at fore margin of rear endpapers of Vol. II, which also has a corner chip to the author label; in all, a VG clean pair sound in the bindings. This Scottish author's first novel. Balfour was from the humblest peasant origins but eventually came to own considerable property as the result of his success in the textile trade (mainly supplying canvas to the RN), but wound up a bankrupt in 1815. Moving to Edinburgh in 1818, he found work with Blackwood the publishers, but was soon stricken with paralysis; thereafter he turned to writing for the rest of his life. CAMPBELL, published anonymously, was well received. There was an American edition also in 1819.