HARTLAND FOREST: A LEGEND OF NORTH DEVON. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1871. Octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-223 [224: blank], original decorated brown cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, dark green coated endpapers, top edge untrimmed. First edition. A mystery novel set in the West Country in the eighteenth century featuring a spectre horseman. Wolff, who owned 21 or her titles, including this one, comments, "Close friend of Southey and of the Duke of Beford, she thoroughly enjoyed bad health for nearly a century, survived both her husbands, whose memoirs she wrote, and carried on a leisurely correspondence with many contemporaries ... Between 1848 and 1870, she wrote no fiction, but then began again and published five novels in four years." - Wolff, p. 157. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 40. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Wolff 784. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy. (#148345).
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