GHOST-STORIES; COLLECTED WITH A PARTICULAR VIEW TO COUNTERACT THE VULGAR BELIEF IN GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS, AND TO PROMOTE A RATIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE NATURE OF PHENOMENA COMMONLY CONSIDERED AS SUPERNATURAL. Anonymously Edited Anthology.

GHOST-STORIES; COLLECTED WITH A PARTICULAR VIEW TO COUNTERACT THE VULGAR BELIEF IN GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS, AND TO PROMOTE A RATIONAL ESTIMATE OF THE NATURE OF PHENOMENA COMMONLY CONSIDERED AS SUPERNATURAL. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1823. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi-xx [1] 2-292, six inserted plates with hand colored engravings, rebound in early three-quarter dark green leather and marbled boards, spine panel elaborately tooled in gold and blind, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. First edition. A "collection of contemporary fiction based on the theme of false supernaturalism. In some cases the seemingly supernatural is an accidental event that is misinterpreted, in other cases it is fraud or imposture. The stories, most of which are short, sometimes narratives rather than formal short stories, are probably reprinted from various collections and periodical sources. Some are obviously of foreign origin. The publisher, Ackermann, is renowned for his beautiful books containing colored mezzotints, and the present volume is attractively illustrated with six colored plates ... This British edition does not seem to have been popular, probably because of its editorial position. In America, however, this book was soon reprinted, and it went through many editions, on up to the middle 1860's." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 689. Bleiler (1978), p. 8. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 83. Boards a bit rubbed at edges, some mild foxing and darkening to text block, narrow marginal loss to one leaf of text, a very good copy with fine, bright plates, in a handsome binding. Unlike the later American edition (popular, and reprinted many times), the British edition appears to have achieved little commercial success and is elusive. (#151806).

Price: $850.00

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