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Book Description
First Edition Thus. Printed as the publisher's called 'Edition Definitive de Luxe' with 24 Tissue guarded full page tipped in colour plates, 12 full page Tinted illustrations plus dozens of black & white line drawings within the text. Green cloth covers with gilt lettering and design to upper board & spine, decorative endpapers, rough page edges and top edge gilt. A smart copy in large format, unfortunately with loss/rubbing to covers as seen in photos, but overall still clean and bright with a couple of minor light marks to boards and spine. Overall with clean and crisp pages with a touch of foxing to rough edge margins and to a few pages throughout the book, mainly towards the end. Light marks to a couple of pages and light foxing to frontispiece tissue guard and decorative title page but overall all the plates and tissue guards looking bright and fresh. A few of the plates with small crease to bottom left corner, close to the spine, but most of them in fine condition. xix, 549pp. 'The Ingoldsby Legends (full title: The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth and Marvels) is a collection of myths, legends, ghost stories and poetry written supposedly by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, actually a pen-name of an English clergyman named Richard Harris Barham. The legends were first printed during 1837 as a regular series in the magazine Bentley's Miscellany and later in New Monthly Magazine. They proved immensely popular and were compiled into books published in 1840, 1842 and 1847 by Richard Bentley. They remained popular during the 19th century, when they ran through many editions. They were illustrated by artists including John Leech, George Cruikshank, John Tenniel, and Arthur Rackham. As a priest of the Chapel Royal, with a private income, Barham was not troubled with strenuous duties and he had ample time to read and compose stories. Although based on real legends and mythology, chiefly Kentish, such as the "hand of glory", they are mostly deliberately humorous parodies or pastiches of medieval folklore and poetry'.
Author Ingoldsby, Thomas
Date 1907
Binding Cloth
Publisher J. M. Dent & Co. & E. P. Dutton & Co., London, New York
Illustrator Rackham, Arthur
Condition Good
Pages xix, 549pp

Price: £125.00

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