February 16.(1831)—Sir William Gell called and took me out to-night to a bookseller whose stock was worth looking over.
The above is from Scott's Journal.
William Gell is known as an archeaologist and antiquarian. He published "Topography of Troy", and other works - many on Greece and Italy. In addition to Walter Scott, his list of friends included Thomas Moore, William Drummond, and Lord Byron. Scott stayed at Gell's house in Naples, when he visited that city in 1832.