[SCOTT, Sir Walter (1771-1832)] 'Malachi MALAGROWTHER'. Thoughts on the Proposed Change of Currency, and other late alterations, as they affect, or are intended to affect, The Kingdom of Scotland [A Second Letter ... on the Proposed Change of Currency ... , A Third Letter ... on the Proposed Change of Currency ... ]. Edinburgh (letters I-II) and Edinburgh and London (letter III): by James Ballantyne and Company for William Blackwood (letters I-II) and by James Ballantyne and Company for William Blackwood and T. Cadell (letter III), 1826. 3 works, 8° (209 x 130mm). (Scattered light spotting, some leaves a little browned, title spotted, inscriptions cropped with minor loss.) FIRST EDITIONS IN BOOK FORM, FIRST ISSUE OF THOUGHTS ... Kress III, C.1787, C.1783 and C.1784; Todd and Ruthven 186Ab, 187Ab and 188Ab.
[CROKER, John Wilson (1780-1857)] 'Edward Bradwardine WAVERLEY'. Two Letters on Scottish Affairs ... to Malachi Malagrowther, Esq. London and Edinburgh: John Murray and Oliver and Boyd, 1826. 2 parts, 8° (209 x 130mm). Half-title. (Occasional spotting, variable light browning.) FIRST EDITION. Corson 2074; Kress III, C.1642.
4 works bound in one volume. Late 19th-century polished calf gilt by Riviere & Son, the boards with gilt triple fillet borders joined by circular gilt corner-pieces, gilt board edges, gilt roll-tooled turn-ins, the flat spine gilt in 6 compartments divided by raised bands, gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 2 compartments, the others decorated with central gilt fleurons within gilt ornaments and frames, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed, superficial cracking on joints). Provenance: John Wilson Croker (presentation inscriptions from Scott 'John Wilson Croker Esq' on titles of first 2 works; inscription 'by Sir W. Scott' on the title of the first work); Sir Hugh Walpole, Brackenburn (1884-1941, bookplate).
PRESENTATION COPIES OF SCOTT'S PAMPHLETS TO CROKER, FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE NOVELIST SIR HUGH WALPOLE. Scott's 3 pseudonymous letters 'to the Editor of the Edinburgh Weekly Journal' were written in response to a 'proposal of government to suppress the circulation of small bank-notes was supposed to be injurious to Scottish banks' (DNB XVII, p.1037). Todd and Ruthven consider that Scott's pamphlets produced 'a greater [sensation] than any political tract had excited in the British public at large since the appearance of Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, while the DNB judges the effect 'comparable to that caused by Swift's ''Drapier's Letters;'' and the government, though much annoyed at Scott's action, consented in May to drop the application of the measure to Scotland' (loc. cit). Croker, the politician and contributor, like Scott, to the 'Quarterly Review', records on p. his thanks to the author 'for sending me a copy of your Pamphlet on the ''Proposed Change of the Currency in Scotland,'' and in the 'Postscript' on E8r notes that 'I have just seen your second and your third letters', presumably referring to the present copies, which bear inscriptions to Croker on the titles of the first and second pamphlets alone.