FOOTPRINTS OF FORMER MEN IN FAR CORNWALL. London: John Russell Smith, 1870. Octavo, pp. [1-6]  2-257 [258: ad], original terra cotta cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, all edges untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. Collection of tales and sketches of Cornish antiquities. Includes the first book appearance of "The Botathen Ghost," a high point of mid-Victorian supernatural fiction that first appeared in Dickens' ALL THE YEAR ROUND in 1867. "The First Cornish Mole" is a short etiological myth about the consequences of Pride. "Morwenstow" is a sketch about the discovery of ancient ecclesiastical structures under an old church, and has a pleasantly uncanny and antiquarian atmosphere. Hawker's most famous book; it has been reprinted numerous times, including as recently as 1948. Regarding "The Botathen Ghost," see Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1381k. Armorial bookplate of O. G. Bolitho affixed to the front paste-down. Touch of rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, inner hinges repaired, a bright, very good copy of a book that is hard to find in nice condition. (#152143).
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