THE EDINBURGH TALES. Conducted by Mrs. Johnstone. Edinburgh: William Tait. Chapman and Hall, London. John Cumming, Dublin. [volumes II and III]: William Tait. Chapman and Hall, London. Cumming and Ferguson, Dublin, 1845, 1846, 1846. Large octavo, three volumes: pp. [1-4]  2-412; [1-4]  2-412; [1-4]  2-379 [380: blank], original decorated brown cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold, top edge untrimmed, light yellow coated endpapers. First (book?) edition. A bind-up or reprint of the 76 sixteen-page parts. THE EDINBURGH TALES was a weekly story paper mixing original fiction with reprints, presenting adventure and romance in foreign settings (Hungary, the Swiss Alps, Germany, Ireland, North America [upstate New York]), forty-five stories in all, ranging from a few pages in length to a full-length novel. Mrs. Johnstone (1781-1857) was a Scottish journalist, editor and popular novelist. Her novels were well-regarded and "her tales," according to Leigh Hunt, "are a happy mixture of the genial and the prudential." THE EDINBURGH TALES has multiple contributions by her, as well as by Mrs. C. F. Gore, Mary Russell Mitford, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder and Maurice O'Connell. Other authors include Mrs. Fraser, William Howitt, Mary Howitt, John Mills ("The Days of Old"), Robert Nicoll, Edward Quillian, Mrs. Crowe ("The Story of Martha Guinnis and Her Son"), M. Fraser Tytler, Colonel Johnson, plus Carlyle's translations from the German of Tieck ("The Elves") and Hoffmann ("The Golden Pot"). "Hoffmann considered ['The Golden Pot'] his finest work, and most authorities agree with this estimation ... It is one of the landmarks of supernatural fiction, possibly the greatest fantasy of the 19th century." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 348h. Also present is "The Weird of the Winrams," a story about fate. Allibone (p. 985) says THE EDINBURGH TALES is an "agreeable collection." Wolff 7751 (where a detailed contents listing can be found). Block, The English Novel, 1740-1850, p. 124. Cloth a bit scuffed and rubbed, some fading to rear panels of volumes I and III, spines of all three volumes tanned, front and rear endpapers in volume I professionally replaced, armorial bookplates in volumes II and III, an attractive, very good copy with fine interior. Scarce, especially in the original cloth. (#157100).
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