THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS OR MIRTH AND MARVELS BY THOMAS INGOLDSBY ESQUIRE. [FIRST]-THIRD SERIES. London: Richard Bentley, 1840-1842-1847. Octavo, three volumes: [i-iii] iv-v [vi-viii]  2-338 [339-340]; [i-ii] [v] vi-vii [viii-x]  2-288 [note: preliminary pages in volume two mis-paged; text complete despite gap in pagination]; [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii]  2-364 , nineteen inserted plates comprising seventeen etchings by Buss (one), George Cruikshank (eight), and John Leech (eight), and two engraved portraits of Barham, one after Lane, the other after "Dalton" (i.e. Rev. Dalton Barham), original decorated brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panels stamped in blind, half-title leaves present in all three volumes, inserted etched title leaves (the first printed in orange-red and black, the others printed in burnt-umber and black), edges untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. First editions. Limited to 1000, 1500, and 1500 copies respectively. The first volume has the inserted title leaf printed in orange-red and black, page 236 is blank with printed slip inserted, and is bound in Sadleir's "A" binding (central blind-stamped ornament is oval in shape and there are no corner ornaments). A bibliographically complex book, this issue is generally considered to be the first, but see Sadleir who was unable to establish the true sequence of issues. Material originally published in BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, collected in book form in three volumes (1840-1847). Classic collection of Victorian burlesques on Romantic conventions, and of "chimney-corner" tales. Mixture of prose and verse, several humorous ghost stories e.g. "Jerry Jarvis's Wig" and a straight tale of terror "Singular Passage in the Life of the Late Henry Harris, D. D.," an effectively Hoffmannesque piece. Parodies the "Blackwood" school of fiction with considerable wit and style. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-14. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 881. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Sadleir 156c (binding a), e, and f. Cohn 44. Hairline cracks (mostly partial) to inner hinges of volumes one and two, touch of wear to corners of several volumes, light wear at spine ends of volume two which also has a contemporary owner's signature in ink at top edge of front free endpaper, some foxing to text blocks and plates in volume one and two. Overall, the first two volumes are very good, last is near fine. A very attractive, tight, unsophisticated copy. Nice copies in the original binding are uncommon. The three volumes are enclosed in fleece-lined cloth folders in a beautiful three-part cloth and quarter brown crushed morocco slipcase. (#149562).
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