(#171665) THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS OR MIRTH AND MARVELS BY THOMAS INGOLDSBY ESQUIRE. [FIRST]-THIRD SERIES. Richard James Barham, "Thomas Ingoldsby"

THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS OR MIRTH AND MARVELS BY THOMAS INGOLDSBY ESQUIRE. [FIRST]-THIRD SERIES. London: Richard Bentley, 1848; 1842; 1847. Octavo, three volumes: [i-v] vi-vii [viii-ix] x-xii [1] 2-338 [339] [340: printer's imprint]; [i-v] vi-vii [viii] [1] 2-288; [i-iii] iv-vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-364 , nineteen inserted plates comprising seventeen etchings by Buss (one), George Cruikshank (eight), and John Leech (eight), and two engraved portraits of Barham, one after Lane, the other after "Dalton" (i.e. Rev. Dalton Barham), publisher's decorated dark blue cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold, half-title leaves present in all three volumes, inserted etched title leaves printed in burnt-umber and black, edges untrimmed, yellow coated endpapers. Fourth edition of volume one, third edition of volume two, and second edition of volume three. Material originally published in BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, collected in book form in three volumes (1840-1847). Classic collection of Victorian burlesques on Romantic conventions, and of "chimney-corner" tales. Mixture of prose and verse, several humorous ghost stories e.g. "Jerry Jarvis's Wig" and a straight tale of terror "Singular Passage in the Life of the Late Henry Harris, D. D.," an effectively Hoffmannesque piece. Parodies the "Blackwood" school of fiction with considerable wit and style. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-14. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 881. Bleiler (1978), p. 15. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Sadleir 156c (binding a), e, and f. Cohn 44. Bookplates affixed to free endpapers of each volume. A very good set. The plates in the first volume are darkened and foxed, as is the inserted title leaf, the inner front hinge is cracked; several plates in volumes two and three are foxed, but both are quite nice copies. (#171665).

Price: $350.00

Printing identification statement for this book:
First volume states "FOURTH EDITION" on title page; second volume states "THIRD EDITION" on title page; third volume states "SECOND EDITION" on title page.