Special thanks are due Dr. Paul Barnaby, Project Officer, of the Walter Scott Digital Archive of Edinburgh University for his support of this electronic edition, insightful suggestions, and editorial assistance with the text and images.


The individuals listed below generously provided information about the surviving texts of An Apology for Tales of Terror:

Andrea Longson, Senior Librarian, Advocates Library

Lindsay Levy, Rare Book Cataloguer, Advocates Library

Elizabeth C. Denlinger, Assistant Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, the Morgan Library & Museum

Christa Sammons, Curator, Yale Collection of German Literature

Stephen Tabor, Curator of Early Printed Books, Huntington Library

John Overholt, Assistant Curator, the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson/Early Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard University


The text of the Apology appears courtesy of the Houghton Library, Harvard College Library [EC8.Sco86.799ta]. The image of the title page of Tales of Terror appears courtesy of the Speck Collection of German Literature, the Beinecke Library of Yale University. Walter Scott’s inscription from the Abbotsford copy of the Apology appears courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh.

The remaining images on these pages are extracted from the following sources:

"John Aikin", engraved by Francis Engleheart after unknown artist.

Source: Lucy Aikin, Memoir of John Aikin, M.D. London: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1823.

"James Ballantyne", photogravure after unknown artist.

Source: James L. Caw, The Scott Gallery: A Series of One Hundred and Forty-Six Photogravures, together with Descriptive Letterpress. Edinburgh: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1903.

"Anna Lætitia Barbauld", engraved by Sir Emery Walker after Henry Hoppner Meyer.

Source: Grace A. Ellis, A Memoir of Anna Lætitia Barbauld. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1874.

"Gottfried August Bürger", engraved after Johann Dominicus Fiorillo.

Source: Bürgers Sämtliche Werke. Leipzig: Max Hesses Verlag, [1902].

"Der Erlkönig", oil painting by Moritz von Schwind.

Source: Schwind: Des Meisters Werke in 1265 Abbildungen, ed. Otto Weigman. Stuttgart; Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1906.

"Johann Wolfgang von Goethe", engraving derived from a portrait by Georg Melchior Kraus.

Source: A Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women in Europe and America, ed. Evert A. Duyckinick. New York: Johnson, Wilson & Company, 1873.

"M. G. Lewis", engraved by J. Hollis after George Henry Harlow.

Source: Margaret Baron-Wilson, The Life and Correspondence of M. G. Lewis. London: Henry Colburn, 1839.

"Henry Mackenzie", engraved by Samuel Freeman after John Watson Gordon.

Source: A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, ed. Robert Chambers. Glasgow: Blackie, 1864.

"Walter Scott", engraved by James Heath after James Saxon.

Source: Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake. Edinburgh: John Ballantyne and Co., 1810.

"Robert Southey", engraved by Peter Lightfoot after Samuel Lane after Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Source: The Poetical Works of Robert Southey. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863.

Thanks are also due Erin Curley of the Georgia Southern University’s English graduate program for her typing and proofreading of some of the materials included in the edition.