TALES OF TERROR, OR THE MYSTERIES OF MAGIC: A SELECTION OF WONDERFUL AND SUPERNATURAL STORIES. TRANSLATED FROM THE CHINESE, TURKISH, AND GERMAN. Compiled by Henry St. Clair. Two Volumes in One. Boston: Printed and Published by Charles Gaylord, 1833. 12mo, two volumes in one: pp. [i-iii] iv [v-vi]  8-178 [179-180: blank]; [1-3] 4-119 [120: blank], inserted frontispiece with uncredited woodcut illustration, uncredited woodcut illustration on each title page, all attributed to David Claypoole Johnston, original pictorial paper covered boards with pinkish-brown linen shelf back. First edition, first printing with both title pages dated 1833. The first American anthology of fantastic fiction. A collection of eighteen Gothic and Romantic stories, most of which are weird or supernatural, including "The Magic Dice" by Thomas de Quincey, "Der Freischutz, or the Magic Balls" by Johann August Apel, "The Boarwolf" by Apel, and "Peter Rugg, the Missing Man" by William Austin, the last appearing for the first time in a book. "... an excellent selection for its day, with much material that is not generally available elsewhere." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1427. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-1 (Apel's "Der Freischütz"). Frank, Through the Pale Door: A Guide To and Through the American Gothic 451. Bleiler (1978), p. 173. Reginald 15858. Wright (I) 2266. Boards scuffed and worn at edges, corners rounded, some loss to cloth at spine ends, paper spine label missing, text paper quite tanned throughout (as usual due to paper quality) but not brittle, light marginalia in ink on page 77, a good copy overall. The first printing is rare and this is a superior copy. Enclosed in a custom quarter black leather clamshell box with brown leather spine label. (#157108).
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