THE PARRICIDE: OR, THE YOUTH'S CAREER OF CRIME. New York: Williams Brothers, 24 Ann Street, 1847. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-180, text printed in double columns, twenty-two wood engravings designed by George Standfast, contemporary rebinding in three-quarter leather with marbled boards, First U.S. edition. Probably originally issued in paper wrappers. One of the books that put the dreadful in "penny dreadful." A quite scarce "blood," by the most popular writer of mid-nineteenth-century England, first published in twenty-three parts by J. Dicks (Reynolds's own company) in London in the same year (beginning in January 1847). THE PARRICIDE is apparently a reworking ("revised and expanded" according to Bleiler) of Reynolds's THE YOUTHFUL IMPOSTER (1835), his first novel. Standfast's wonderfully lurid illustrations (physical violence, abduction, rape, bondage and more) compliment the text. There is a copy of this Williams Brothers edition at the American Antiquarian Society. OCLC reports no holdings. Waite, The Quest for Bloods, p. 89. Bleiler, bibliographical appendix to Reynolds, Wagner the Wehr-Wolf (1975), p. 154. Serious damp stains to fore-edges of endpapers and first three and last seven leaves of text block (this does not affect the readability of the text, nor has it damaged the structure of the paper), fore-edge margins on pages 124-125 trimmed close, affecting line ends (this is due to slippage of plates while in the press, not a binder's error), a good, sound copy. (#118838).
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