Title The Ingoldsby Legends: or, Mirth and Marvels, Complete in two vols.
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher London, England Richard Bentley 1870
Seller ID 007406
Apparently first published in the pages of a miscellany periodical of 1840 or a little earlier, with the first book-form edition issued shortly thereafter. The second book-form edition was issued in 1843 [?]. The instant copy is the annotated edition of 1870. Edited, with notes introductory and illustrative, by R. H. Dalton Barham. Thomas Ingoldsby is believed to be the pen name of same. Complete in two volumes. Printed by R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, London. Originally issued unbound or in wrappers. Later half-leather bindings by Bayntun in turquoise blue polished calf, with crisp gilt-stamped rules to the boards and with gilt-stamped lettering and design to the hubbed spines. With marbled paper hardboards. Gently bumped and rubbed spine heads and tails. Fairly sharp corners with a touch of rubbing. Evidence of shelf pull along the bottom edges. Some light rubbing to the leather, especially evident along the gutters, but on the whole clean and presentable bindings. The spines are evenly sunned to a blue-green color. Crack between the first and second signatures of Vol. I but hinge remains fairly strong; second signature detaching. Text blocks firmly bound in. 9 x 6 inches. T.E.G. With handsome marbled paper pastedowns and FEPs. xix, 427, xi and 466 numbered pages. Vol. I with 11 B&W illus; Vol. II with 15 B&W illus. Page 177/178 of first volume present but detached and reduced. Opposite page 465 of the second volume, lines of poetry are written in a very small, neat ink hand. Almost no foxing and a minimum of offsetting to the volumes. Minimal age-darkening to some of the pages. A Very Good Minus set of two volumes.