HOLIDAYS WITH HOBGOBLINS: AND TALK OF STRANGE THINGS. London: John Camden Hotten, 1861. Small octavo, pp. [1-4]  2-332 + 8 pages of undated publisher's ads inserted at rear, printed slip concerning the Cruikshank frontispiece tipped in following the contents leaf, four inserted etched plates with drawings by George Cruikshank as well as several small woodcut illustrations (not by Cruikshank), green polished calf, spine panel richly tooled in gold, brown leather title piece, front and rear panels ruled in gold, inner dentelles, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers (binding by Riviere & Son). First edition. A mixture of essays and stories about various "strange things:" ghosts, monsters, crabs, lobsters. At times, the author strikes a skeptical tone, ridiculing superstition; at other times, he seems to endorse it, or to reserve judgment. A pleasant curiosity, probably inspired by the success of Barham's THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS (1840-1847). Reginald 03468. Cohn 162. Strip of fade to front cover near front joint, but still a lovely copy in a fine binding with original cloth covers bound in at rear. (#160975).
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