TALES OF FAIRY LAND; OR, LEGENDS OF THE OLDEN TIME. Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1860. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-vii [viii] [1] 2-312, eight inserted plates, original decorated black cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, top edge untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. Later edition. Issued as part of Milner and Sowerby's "Cottage Library." The Victoria & Albert Library has a 312-page edition dated 1849, OCLC reports an 1849 printing at London's National Art Library, and the City of London, Guildhall Library, has a 312-page edition dated 1852, both of which were printed in London by Smith, while Stanford University has an undated printing done in London by Milner according to OCLC. The present copy is printed in Halifax by Milner and Sowerby. A collection of nineteen stories including "The Black Spider," "The Spectre Barber" by Musaeus and "Peter Schlemihl" by Adalbert von Chamisso. This anthology was published earlier by William Milner in Halifax in 1844 as TRADITIONS AND LEGENDS OF THE ELF, THE FAIRY, AND THE GNOME, which was preceded by an undated edition circa the 1830s with the imprint "T. Richardson, Printer, 2, Took's Court, Chancery Lane." Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Reginald (1979; 1992) or Locke, Spectrum I-III. Not in Block, Sadleir or Wolff. Cloth rubbed at spine ends, corner tips and along outer joints, a very good copy. COPAC and OCLC locate a total of four copies of three probable printings. This 1860 printing is not recorded. A rare book. (#156281).

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