THE PACHA OF MANY TALES by the Author of "Peter Simple," "Jacob Faithful," &c. London: Saunders and Otley, 1835. 12mo, three volumes; [1-2]  2-308; [1-2]  2-300; [1-2]  2-312, early tan pebbled cloth, brown leather title labels affixed to spine panels. First edition. "A story chain set somewhere in the Turkish empire in the early nineteenth century ... [the stories] are not so much reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS as of contemporary British fiction, being tales of the sea, general adventure, and romance. Noteworthy are the seven tales told by the renegade French sailor Huckaback. Admittedly tall tales, they draw heavily on the tradition of the imaginary voyage. Several are of science fiction interest." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 1444. The third and fourth voyages of Huckaback are lost race stories, the last is a voyage to the Arctic and into the Earth's interior. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 625. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 153. Sadleir 1590. Wolff 4529 and 5429a. NCBEL III 705. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Lacks the half title leaves and two leaves of ads in volume one ("O"11 and "O"12). Wear to upper spine ends with slight loss, binding extremities rubbed, split in cloth along outer rear joint of volume one, some foxing of text leaves, a very good copy. (#151684).
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