HOLIDAYS WITH HOBGOBLINS: AND TALK OF STRANGE THINGS. Dudley Costello.

HOLIDAYS WITH HOBGOBLINS: AND TALK OF STRANGE THINGS. London: John Camden Hotten, 1861. Small octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-332 + 8 pages of undated publisher's ads inserted at rear, printed slip concerning the Cruikshank frontispiece tipped in following the contents leaf, four inserted etched plates with drawings by George Cruikshank as well as several small woodcut illustrations (not by Cruikshank), original pictorial purple cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, all edges untrimmed, yellow endpapers. First edition. A mixture of essays and stories about various "strange things:" ghosts, monsters, crabs, lobsters. At times, the author strikes a skeptical tone, ridiculing superstition; at other times, he seems to endorse it, or to reserve judgment. A pleasant curiosity, probably inspired by the success of Barham's THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS (1840-1847). Reginald 03468. Cohn 162. Spine panel and edges of front and rear covers a bit sunned, partial split in cloth along rear joint repaired, a very good copy. A nice copy. (#149341).

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