WINTER NIGHTS; OR, FIRESIDE LUCUBRATIONS. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1820. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-6]  2-295 [296: blank]; [1-4]  2-300, original two-part drab boards, paper labels affixed to spine panels, untrimmed. First edition. "Miscellany of essays, verse and a long story: 'Kirton Priory, or the Burtons and Bellerdistons: a Tale of the Seventeenth Century.' This, simply, is a ghost story rationalized in terms of secret passages, etc. ... It does, however, qualify in no uncertain terms as a very early example of a ... detective story." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 72. Hubin (1994), p. 247. 1834 gift inscription at upper edge of title page of volume 1. Boards worn at edges, a couple of short hairline cracks in outer joints, paper labels rubbed and darkened, binding thread broken between gatherings "n" and "o" of volume 1, still a very good copy. Uncommon the original boards. (#151622).
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