PANTIKA: OR TRADITIONS OF THE MOST ANCIENT TIMES. London: Whittaker and Co., Ave-Maria Lane, 1835. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [i-ii] [i-iii] iv-x  2-343 [344: blank]; [i-iv]  2-394, nineteenth-century three-quarter black leather and marbled boards, black leather spine labels, spine panels stamped in gold, all edges sprinkled red. First edition. Howitt's first work of fiction. "Collection of seven novellas and short stories using material from the Old Testament to tell stories in a highly elevated, somber tone. The epic struggles in some cases involve angels and demons. A cosmic struggle in outer space unfolds in 'Nichar, the Exile of Heaven.' The author defends the use of exotic settings in his eight-page preface. It seems appropriate that this collection of tales of war and conflict should have belonged, as the ownership inscription attests, to a member of the British Army (9th Lancers)." - Robert Eldridge. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume Two, . 63. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V381. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 115. Not in Wolff, who had several other works by Howitt. Ownership signature dated 1860 on the front paste-downs of both volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and leather, a very good set externally, nearly fine internally. (#148266).
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