STORIES AND SKETCHES BY OUR BEST AUTHORS. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-307 [308: blank] [note: first leaf is a blank], flyleaves at front and rear, original terra cotta cloth, front and rear panels ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, cream coated endpapers. First edition. Collects fourteen stories by Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Louise Chandler Moulton, and others. "The Skeleton at the Banquet" is a rather clever tale of madness. "The Two Ghosts of New London Turnpike" is a ghost story. "A Night in the Sewers," after showing how the kid gloves worn by ladies are made from rat skins, takes the protagonist and his new terrier into the Paris sewers to go ratting with a professional. Ignoring his warning that it brings bad luck to chase after a certain white rat, the protagonist gets lost, passes out after smoking tobacco laced with opium and manages to escape only after tying a message to the collar of his dog, which he passes through a grating where the sewer lets out into the river. Wright (II) 2386. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, some scattered foxing, a very good copy. A nice copy of an uncommon book. (#160244).
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