James Logan’s The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, with lavish illustrations by R.R. McIan.
Folio [two volumes with irregular pagination]. Full leather, title in gilt on front covers with gilt ruling along edges. Both volumes rebacked in Nigerian goatskin with professional restoration at corners and edges of covers. Decorative gilt turn-ins, hinges reinforced. All edges gilt. Minor shelf wear to covers. Light foxing throughout with a few finger marks and small tears to page edges. Upper right corner of front flyleaves and frontispiece of Volume I torn but archivally repaired, a few other pages have tape from earlier repairs. Complete with seventy-two hand-colored lithographs, two chromolithographed armorial frontispieces and a dedication leaf to Queen Victoria (frontispiece of Volume I is missing a small section of the upper right corner). Most of the tissue guards are present. Colors are brilliant and bright. (Brunet III 1145)
Originally issued in 24 parts and sold by subscription, this is the first large-scale illustrated work on the Scottish clans. A descriptive history of each clan is presented along with a beautifully-executed illustration of the clan’s tartan. The work was dedicated to Queen Victoria, and it was quite popular, prompting a reissue in 1857.