WINTER EVENING TALES, COLLECTED AMONG THE COTTAGERS IN THE SOUTH OF SCOTLAND. Edinburgh: Printed for Oliver & Boyd, High-Street; and G. & W. B. Whittaker, Ave-Maria-Lane, 1820. 12mo, two volumes; pp. [1-4]  2-340; [1-4]  2-335 [336: ad], nineteenth-century full calf, spine panels richly tooled in gold, brown leather title pieces, gauffered edges. First edition. "WINTER EVENING TALES (1820; second edition 1821) was James Hogg's most successful work of prose fiction in his lifetime, as well as one of his best. It exhibits the most complex genesis of any of Hogg's works and is the outstanding example of a "national" genre pioneered by Hogg -- the miscellaneous collection of popular and traditional narratives, and the experimental medley of novellas, tales, poems and sketches posed a lively alternative to the dominant form of the historical novel established by Walter Scott. The collection includes terse masterpieces of mystery and the uncanny, virtuoso improvisations on folk tale themes, and -- the highlights of the edition -- two brilliant autobiographical novellas, "The Renowned Adventures of Basil Lee" and "Love Adventures of Mr. George Cochrane." Many of the tales were republished in the posthumous collected set of Hogg's fiction, and these unreliable texts were reprinted throughout the nineteenth century. However, WINTER EVENING TALES fell into almost total obscurity after the middle of the nineteenth century." - quote from the Internet, probably part of the jacket blurb for the 2002 edition published by the Edinburgh University Press. "Excellent material." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 835. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 206. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 263. Bleiler (1978), p. 101. Reginald 07325. Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1820: 34. Not in Sadleir or Wolff. Armorial bookplate of John Drummond affixed to each paste-down. Spine ends chipped, spines rubbed, hairline cracks along outer joints but hinges still firm, some scattered tanning and foxing to text blocks, a solid, good copy. (#153341).
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