With illustrations from drawings by the late Charles Gliddon
First edition, first printing, undated (1878) published by W Swan Sonnenschein, London.
Description: Vg+266pp, publisher's original russet brown cloth with black stamped designs and gilt stamped titles, ditto to the spine, fully gilted text block. The lightest shelfware to the corners and pushing to spine tips, the boards are remarkably clean and fesh, the titles are shiny and bright as is the fully gilt-edges block which is still very bright. Original floral endpapers with toning, some foxing to the first few pages at the front and the rear, lightly toned to the top edge, the pages are crisp and very tightly bound. Superb illustrations throughout. An extremely handsome copy of a very scarce book.
*A collection of 26 supernatural stories based on the local folklore of Lancashire, there is a lengthy appendix of notes to the rear which gives information on the folklore which inspired these wonderful stories. These tales are Folk Horror in the truest sense of the word, a number of the tales relate to fairy-lore, Dobbie's, Boggarts and such but the majority are Ghost Stories/Supernatural/Witchcraft and are steeped in local tradition and the dark, brooding atmosphere around the Pendle Forest. Stories include: The Unbidden Guest, The Spectral Cat, The Skriker, The Headless Woman, The White Dobbie, Satan's Supper, The Phantom of the Fell, All Hallow's Night, The Demon of the Oak, the Christmas Eve Vigil and many more.