London: John Heywood, N.D. (c.1890). Later British Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Small 8vo (7.5" x 5"), red embossed and gilded cloth with decorative spine and boards, pale yellow endpapers, 382 pages. Good + / None. Item #1341
Atrractively bound edition of Barham's edition of "Ingoldsby's" [actually the pseudonym of priest Richard Barham's] occult-themed now classic collection of myths, legends, ghost stories, short tales, parodies and sometimes humorous verse. First published in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany. They legends were soon illustrated by such prominent figures as John Leech, George Cruikshank, and Sir John Tenniel. Other dates of publication by Bentley ran from 1840-47 in a tri-part series; thereafter in 1879 & 1885ff. This volume is from one of the more attractively bound inexpensive editions.
An appealing collection for pleasurable reading. Overall, this copy is G to G+. The gilt is quite bright; the colored covers are attractive. Moderate wear to covers with light soil; dust-age staining to the tops of the pages--visible only when looking down on the top of the book. A chip on page 15 upper inside margin of page. Old tape on endpapers and left of title page; medium age-toning to pages.