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  1. I have a splendid, but somewhat battered, very old five volume “Family Edition” of “Wilson’s Tales of the Borders” that had been in my mother’s family for years. They were published by Willliam Mackenzie, but have no publication date. Would you have any idea when these volumes were published?

    By chance, my surname is Wilson, though the books were originally in my mother’s family.

    1. Thanks for your enquiry.
      Here’s what we currently have recorded in terms of editions Mackenzie probably puts them at about 1870 -ish.
      Hope that helps.
      Richard Wilson – also no relation to JMW!

      When were Wilson’s tales Published?
      The Original Tales were published from 8th November 1834 in weekly instalments through to 24th October 1840 , by which time 312 editions had been published containing 485 tales.
      There were various “reprints” as the ongoing publishing continued and they were subsequently available in 6 , 3 and 2 volume sets , of similar dimensions to a family bible.
      Smaller format versions subsequently became available in the late 1800’s , principally published by the Walter Scott Publishing Co., who’s edition extended to 24 Volumes.
      A one volume selection of The Tales were published in 1934 , the centenary of their first publication , which was released again in 1947.
      Publishing rights seem to have been owned by various companies over the years and indeed in different parts of the world. There were certainly American and Australian editions.
      Not all editions actually include the publication date, but research of copies in private ownership, public libraries and available through on line book sellers seem to suggest publications subsequent to the originals in:
      1830’s John Sutherland, Edinburgh
      1840’s Ainsworth, Manchester
      1848 Robert T Shannon, New York.
      1857-59 revised edition , edited by Alex Leighton. W P Nimmo.
      1857 Ward & Lock
      1857 William P Nimmo
      1857 Thomas & Niven (Australian editions)
      1860’s? Adam & Co
      1869 The Walter Scott publishing co
      1870’s (?) William Mackenzie
      1870 The Tyne Publishing Co
      1880 Gall & Inglis
      1881 The Edinburgh Publishing Co
      1881 edited with notes by James Tait. Joseph Irving

      1883 McCready.
      1889 Walter Scott.
      1892 Walter Scott.
      1895 Gall & Inglis
      1877 Ward Locke & Bowden
      1881 Edinburgh Publishing Co.
      1884 Cassell & Co ; Cassell’s “Red Library”
      1899 Ward, Locke & Bowden
      1907 Gall & Inglis
      1911 Gall & Inglis
      1934 The Moray Press
      1947 The Ettrick Press
      1991 edited by Michael Brander, Mainstream Publishing.
      “The Tales” were seldom out of print in the 1800’s and were still being given as school prizes in the early 19th century.

  2. Hi, I have volume 1 & 2 large leather bound copies. Both belonged to the same person, signatures on inside.
    Published by Adam & Co

    1. Hello, thanks for your message. The ‘original’ prints, as weekly editions, were in a large size, and subsequently reprinted from the original plates as a set, and bound together. It sounds as if you have something of that era. Adam & Company were circa 1860’s.
      Most of the editions from ‘the original’ were in 6 volumes, often bound into 3 books. Is your copy complete? Is there publishing date given? Address for the publisher?
      If it is a complete set, then if you were able to scan or copy the contents pages and send them we would like to document the contents, as the exact stories used often differed from one publisher to the next as they chose ‘the best’ or wanted to fit within a particular page count.

      Thanks for your interest.
      Wilson’s Tales

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