TALES FOR THE PARLOUR; OR, RECORDS OF ROMANCE AND CHIVALRY. New York: Published by J. P. Peaslee, 169 Broadway, 1834. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-430, contemporary nineteenth-century full leather, gold rules on spine and front and rear panels, black leather title piece. First edition. A miscellany of articles, poetry and fiction, including supernatural stories. The fiction is mostly from unattributed British and Continental sources, Washington Irving and Miss Mitford being two exceptions. Short fiction collected here includes "The Three Swans" (a German fairy tale); "The Austrian Assassin" (a story of pretended alchemy); "Goldner" ("A Fairy Tale from the German of Korner"); "The Disinterment" (a story of premature burial); "The Rose of Jericho" (from the German of J. Baumann by G. G. Cunningham); "Sir Roger de Calverley's Ghost" (anonymous story of haunting, not recorded elsewhere); "A Fairy Tale" (ballad by Thomas Parnell); "The Metempshchosis" (a popular tale by Robert MacNish first appearing in a 1826 issue of BLACKWOOD'S); "Hints to the Young Novel-Writer" (Gothic tale, possibly by the English novelist Horatio Smith); "Muzio - A Tale" (melodrama set in Italy, unattributed, but by Count Loeben); "The Count of Barcelona" (a romantic tale from the German of Caroline Pichler); "The Jew's Daughter" (a romantic tale set in the time of Richard the Lion-Hearted about the murder of some 1500 Jews); "The Modern Regulus" (a story from the German of de la Motte Fouqué). Owner's signature dated 1839 on fly leaf. Binding quite worn, outer joints partly cracked, text foxed, a solid reading copy of a very scarce book. OCLC reports 3 copies only; none reported by COPAC. (#151589).
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