TALES OF GLAUBER-SPA. BY SEVERAL AMERICAN AUTHORS. New York: Printed and Published by J. & J. Harper, No. 82 Cliff-Street, 1832. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [1-5] 6  8-19 [20-25] 26-276; [1-7] 8-263 [264: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original dark green cloth printed in black. First edition. Possible later printing or issue with copyright notice in both volumes dated 1832. The first anthology of American short fiction (excluding single author collections and literary annuals and gift books) compiled by an American writer and published in America (Miss Mitford's STORIES OF AMERICAN LIFE published in London in 1830 preceded). Eight stories, anonymously contributed by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, James Kirke Paulding, William Cullen Bryant, William Leggett and Robert C. Sands. Includes James Kirk Paulding's "Selim, the Benefactor of Mankind," an Oriental tale, William Cullen Bryant's "The Skeleton's Cave," a Gothic terror tale, and "Medfield," a ghost story, probably written by Bryant, which was an early precursor of de Maupassant's "The Horla" and Bierce's "The Dammed Thing," which, according to Pattee (The Development of American Short Story, p. 44), "had [the story's theme] been better handled, would have made it one of the select few tales in American literature." Quinn, American Fiction, p. 48. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-13. BAL 1605 (noted printing 1). Wright (I) 440. Scattered foxing to endpapers, flyleaves and text block, else a fine copy. Scarce in this condition. (#147755).
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