|Albumen print, early 1860s|
With the title handwritten, in pencil, in a period hand mount recto.
Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, was begun by the poet in 1822. The castle he created has been called both "his greatest historical novel" and "an architectural monstrosity." The exterior of the structure was intended to give the impression of a medieval castle, and the library was designed to carry on that theme, with oak paneling, a richly moulded ceiling, and some 9,000 of Scott's books.