ROKEBY; A POEM by Sir Walter Scott (Fore-edge Painting)
ROKEBY; A POEM, FORE-EDGE PAINTING SCOTT, SIR WALTER. Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Edinburgh: (1813) Rokeby a Poem, Walter Scott, Esq. the Fifth Edition Printed for A. Constable and Co. and John Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh. Mild to heavy foxing on the title page, the rest of the text is clean with some mild foxing. Bound in full red straight grain Morocco, heavily gilt panels on the covers with incorporated blind tooling and gilt spine. The Greta Bridge in Yorkshire, is the feature of this wonderful fore-edge painting. The famous painting the Rokeby Venus by Diego Velázquez was originally housed at Rokeby Park, near Greta Bridge. It is now in the National Gallery in London. Greta Bridge is mentioned in Charles Dickens's novel The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as the site of Dotheboys School. Dickens mentions the "George and New Inn, Greta Bridge". This is thought to be a conflation of two coaching inns in or near Greta Bridge. The link here is the publican "George Martin", who first ran the inn called the "George and Dragon" to the West of the River Greta, he then moved to the original "Morritt's Arms" built on the East bank of the River Greta as a coaching inn by the Morritt family of Rokeby, in approx. 1756, and he renamed it "The George" as recorded by Dickens (maybe having left his "dragon" behind at the present Morritt Arms!). Later, Martin moved to be landlord of The New Inn a mile to the east of Greta Bridge and renamed that "The George and New Inn". Source: Peter Gilbertson of The Coach House, Greta Bridge.