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In conclusion, may I hope that you enjoy Volume I and, if you want more, you may be pleased to know that not only are the remaining five volumes completed, but that I am actively working on Volume II (ch. IV c.1600-1700 & ch. V Silver Basket Hilted Swords c.1700-65), arranging the photographic plates into a sequence and layout that will assist the publishers, and ensuring that references are correct etc. It is anticipated that Volume II will be even larger than Volume I!
Among major institutions that have pre-ordered copies, are The Royal Armouries, Leeds. The Wallace Collection, London and The National Museums of Scotland.
It has been a long road, but I have little doubt that The Scottish Basket Hilted Sword will remain the standard work of reference on the subject for the next half century.
With my sincere thanks and best wishes to all of you and especially to those who have so loyally supported me in this long journey to publication.
Very Sincerely Yours,
The Baron of Earlshall
P.S. If you have enjoyed reading Volume I, then you will certainly enjoy Volume II. Publication of this will certainly be quicker than that of the former, but, while the mills of God grind wondrous slow, those of publishers & printers grind even slower!
From presentation of the completed typescript to publication will take at lease four months. I am aiming for a publication date of around June 2017 - but do not hold your breath. Simply wish me luck in my continuing efforts and endeavours . . . .