TALES OF FAIRY LAND; OR, LEGENDS OF THE OLDEN TIME. London: T. Richardson, Printer, 2, Took's Court, Chancery Lane, London, n.d. [1830s?]. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-vii [viii]  2-312, inserted frontispiece and engraved title leaf, original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, a.e.g., yellow coated endpapers. First edition? Engraved half-title has additional publication details, "London, Charles Daly, 19, Red Lion Square," which may indicate an earlier edition by Daly. This very popular collection of Romantic and Gothic tales does not appear to have been published prior to 1830 and the single institution recorded as having a copy of this Richardson edition misdates it 1890. This edition most likely was published in the mid to late 1830s or very early 1840s. This anonymous anthology collects nineteen stories, including "The Black Spider," "The Spectre Barber" by Musaeus and "Peter Schlemihl" by Adalbert von Chamisso. This collection was reprinted from the same plates with additional illustrations by William Milner of Halifax in 1844 as TRADITIONS AND LEGENDS OF THE ELF, THE FAIRY, AND THE GNOME and later as TALES OF FAIRY LAND; OR, LEGENDS OF THE OLDEN TIME. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Reginald (1979; 1992) or Locke, Spectrum I-III. Not in Block, Sadleir or Wolff. 10 mm split in cloth at lower edge of front cover, corner tips just a bit soft, a very good copy. COPAC reports one copy only, at Chetham's Library. OCLC reports five copies, four in America and one in Australia. A rare book. (#156282).
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