2 vols., tall 8vo., pp. , 236; , 237-482, wanting the terminal advertisement leaf; first few leaves of volume II foxed, but a very good copy in contemporary tree calf, rebacked preserving most of original spines.
US $913 €743
First edition. Because of the lavish format and high publication price (one guinea) the wits nicknamed this ‘Tales of Plunder’. Three ballads by Walter Scott first appear here: ‘The Fire-King’, ‘Glenfinlas’, and ‘Frederick and Alice’ (a free translation from Goethe), as well as a revised version of ‘The Wild Huntsman’ (from Bürger). Southey’s contributions are ‘The Old Woman of Berkeley’, ‘Bishop Bruno’, ‘Lord William’, ‘The Painter of Florence’, ‘Donica’, ‘Cornelius Agrippa’s Bloody Book’, and ‘Rudiger’. The publication was so delayed that Scott published his satirical Apology for Tales of Terror before it had appeared.
Ruff 8; Tinker 1496; Todd & Bowden 7Aa; Summers, p. 529.
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