THE BROWNIE OF BODSBECK AND OTHER TALES. Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood, Prince's-Street: and John Murray,Albemarle-Street, London, 1818. 12mo, two volumes, pp. [1-4] [i] ii-xii [1-3] 4-295 [296: blank]; [1-4] [1-3] 4-346, half title leaves present, late nineteenth-century three-quarter polished calf, spine panels richly tooled and ruled in gold, brown and black leather spine labels, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. First edition. Three short novels: THE BROWNIE OF BODSBECK, generally considered Hogg's finest historical tale, THE WOOL-GATHERER and THE HUNT OF EILDON. All use supernatural elements to good effect. The second has a contemporary setting in which a shepherd tells ghost stories to a young woman during a journey. The third is set in medieval Scotland. "Hogg, though much less well-known today than Burns and Scott, ranks with them as major Scottish writers of the Romantic period, and probably among the top ten British authors of the supernatural in the ninteenth century. His style, neither Gothic nor sentimental, is elusive and unpredictable -- by turns homely, comical, uncanny, playful, and earnest -- as changeable as the weather, and it may be this very changeableness that has kept his reputation obscure among readers who demand consistency from their authors." - Robert Eldridge. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-81. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 834. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 179. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 206. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 262. Bleiler (1978), p. 101. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1818: 37. Wolff 3235. Bookplate of Nathaniel Bond on each paste-down, his small "N. Bond" stamp on each title page. Spines a bit rubbed, lacks the half title leaves, inner margin of title leaf of volume one repaired, affecting several letters, a very good copy overall in an attractive binding. (#153339).
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