TALES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1872. Small octavo, pp. [1-9] 10-223 [224: colophon], three-quarter red leather and marbled boards, spine stamped in gold, black leather title piece. First edition, first printing with three other titles by Broughton listed on the verso of the half title leaf. Issued as Tauchnitz's "Collection of British Authors," volume 1290. Precedes the Bentley edition (dated 1873 but published in December 1872) which has the same contents. Broughton (along with Mary Braddon) is just behind Edwards and Riddell in the pantheon of female mid-Victorian ghost story writers, and this is one (and the more important) of the only two collections she put out. The other, BETTY'S VISIONS, is virtually impossible to obtain. Barron (ed) Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-24 and 1-25. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-11. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 280. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 58. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 2-12. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 111. Bleiler (1978). p. 32. Reginald 01957. Todd and Bowden 1290. Leather rubbed along outer joints and fore-edges, front boards a bit rubbed, a very good copy. (#165312).
No statement of printing. The first printing lists three other titles by Broughton on the verso of the half title leaf; the second, six; and the third, fourteen.