CHRONICLES OF THE CANONGATE; By the Author of "Waverley," &c. Sir Walter Scott.

CHRONICLES OF THE CANONGATE; By the Author of "Waverley," &c. Edinburgh: Printed for Cadell and Co., Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London, 1827. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-4] [i] ii-xxviii [1] 2-351 [352: blank]; [1-4] [1] 2-374 [1]-8: ads, both half title leaves present, original two-part drab boards, printed paper labels affixed to spine panels, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Includes "The Two Drovers," one of Scott's most popular supernatural stories, long regarded as one of the finest examples of the short story form to be published in the nineteenth century. Also present is the borderline supernatural tale "The Highland Widow" which is shaped around the traditional themes of the fatal curse and the warning spirit. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1455. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 174. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature I, pp. 262-65. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 443. Bleiler (1978), p. 176. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 209. Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1827: 63. Wolff 6231. NCBEL III 674. Armorial bookplates of George Sowerby affixed to front paste-downs. Some chipping to paper backing on spine panels, more so to first volume with loss of lower third and smaller chip from upper edge, several vertical cracks along spines and outer joints, some damp staining to front and rear panels of volume one, still a very good set. This book is uncommon in its fragile original board binding. (#151891).

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