Personal and professional recollections … edited by his son G.Gilbert Scott, F.S.A. With an introduction by the Very Rev.John William Burgon.
London, Sampson Low 1879.
8vo. xx + 436pp, portrait frontispiece. Publisher’s cloth, spine neatly repaired. Sir Howard Colvin’s copy, with a pencil note in his hand on the front free endpaper.
First edition. Scott’s autobiography, tidied up and published after his death by his son, is a key document for the light it sheds on Scott himself and for its narrative of the events in which he took part. It is also a fascinating one, for it takes the reader step by step through the triumphs and defeats of Scott’s professional career, and because of the fortuitous fact that the bulk of it was written in 1865, and the rest tacked on at intervals between then and 1878, it combines a basic narrative written with a good dose of Evangelical self-confidence and frank pleasure in his professional success, with later sections written in a spirit of somewhat anguished self-justification.