GHOSTS AND FAMILY LEGENDS. A VOLUME FOR CHRISTMAS. London: Thomas Cautley Newby, Publisher, Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, 1859. 12mo, pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-vii [viii]  2-339 [340: blank], original decorated gray-green cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge untrimmed, brown coated endpapers. First edition. The last of Crowe's three collections of "true" ghost stories, preceded by THE NIGHT SIDE OF NATURE (1848) and LIGHT AND DARKNESS, OR MYSTERIES OF LIFE (1850). "Crowe was an early exponent of what is now called faction, dramatizing incidents of anecdote or folklore with a considerable degree of narrative skill ... Crowe's collections have proved to be invaluable sources of inspiration for many writers of ghost fiction ..." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 164. GHOSTS AND FAMILY LEGENDS "features some of her best work, 'The Italian's Story,' 'The Dutch Officer's Story,' and 'The Blind Beggar of Odessa.' Crowe related her true narratives with many fictional devices, dialogue for example, which, far from being a detraction, add considerably to their flavor and charm. In these collections the line between fiction and journalism is, like the line between fact and fancy, a fine one indeed." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 106. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 60. Sadleir 664 (copy 1). Wolff 1652. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, inner hinges cracked, a good copy. A serviceable copy of this major, and rare, collection of Victorian ghost stories. (#165313).
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